Tired not an excuse
Sunderland frontman Stephane Sessegnon is hoping the side can overcome their tiredness to finish the season strongly.
The Black Cats have fallen by the way side of late after a great run under Martin O'Neill had pushed them into the top half of the Premier league table.
Now with just the one win in eight matches they are still five points behind last season's total of 47 points but Sessegnon believes they can overhaul that total if they ignore their tiredness.
"Of course, there's a bit of tiredness," the 27-year-old told the Echo.
"We're approaching the end of the season and the Premier League is very difficult. You don't get any easy matches and of course you get tired.
"But it's not an excuse. We've got to keep being solid and have the desire to do as well as we can for the rest of the season. There's four matches left and we want to finish the season on a high.
"We want to do better than last year and there's only four matches that we can do that in. We're all desperate to finish in the top 10 and I'm sure we'll give everything because it's important to do that.
"It was our objective at the start of the season and we need to go into the summer having finished the year well."