February 29, 2024

Sunderland players celebrate Sunderland's Jack Clarke's goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Norwich City at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Saturday 28th October 2023. (Photo by Michael Driver/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tony Mowbray has outlined Sunderland’s biggest ‘challenge’ ahead of their trip to Swansea City this weekend.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mowbray said that Sunderland will have to be ‘organised’, but admitted preparing for the game had been difficult due to the weather.

Sunderland players celebrate Sunderland’s Jack Clarke’s goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Norwich City at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Saturday 28th October 2023.

The Black Cats put an end to their three-game run without a win last time out, enjoying a 3-1 victory over Norwich City.

Mowbray will be hoping his team are back to winning ways as they prepare to face Swansea, who sit four points below them in 13th place in the Championship.

The Sunderland boss has addressed what his players need to do to come out on top in Wales, as well as admitting what they have struggled with in recent weeks.

“We have to be organised and ready for Swans,” Mowbray said.

“They are expensive and it’s a club philosophy, not just with this manager or the last manager. I think the club philosophy is they want to play with the ball.

“The challenge is to be organised, have a game plan as best you can but as I moaned a bit last week with the weather it was really difficult to prepare for the game.

“Today the pitches are under water a little bit with the rain and the bits we did find was only enough to play small-sided ways.

“A lot of video work and we’ll go to Swansea and see how we get on.”

Sunderland need to take this chance against Swansea

Sunderland have a number of winnable fixtures coming up, but a defeat at Swansea this weekend would really take them in the wrong direction.

Michael Duff’s side have been up and down this season, having lost two of their last three games.

The Black Cats need to focus on sticking to their game plan and hopefully they can use this as an opportunity to get Nazariy Rusyn on the scoresheet.

Back to back wins could see Sunderland go on another brilliant run as they take on the likes of Birmingham, Plymouth and Huddersfield Town.

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