Younes Kaboul says Sunderland's "reality is simple" ahead of Norwich clash

Younes Kaboul admits that his side must emerge from Carrow Road victorious come Saturday afternoon, with time running out in the fight against relegation.

Younes Kaboul says Sunderland's "reality is simple" ahead of Norwich clash
Kaboul has cemented a place in the side after his return from injury. (Photo: 90min.com)

Sunderland centre-back Younes Kaboul has admitted that Sunderland must win all three points in their potential relegation decider against Norwich City on Saturday, after only taking one point from their last two home games.

Three points a necessity

Speaking to the club's official website, Kaboul stated that "the reality is simple" and that the Black Cats "need to go to Norwich and win."

The towering defender also made clear the importance that Sunderland do not dwell on their recent defeat at home to Leicester City, where they were undone by the pace of Jamie Vardy in the second half, who scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season at the Stadium of Light.

"We need to look forward", said Kaboul, who has made 18 appearances for Sunderland since his summer move from Tottenham, adding that he and his team-mates "can't look back at what might have been".

Speaking about the impact that the Norwich result will have, the 30-year old said: "I think it could be us or them, so we need to make sure it's not us."

Kaboul has kept captain John O'Shea out of the first team in recent weeks. (Photo: Chronicle)
Kaboul has kept captain John O'Shea out of the first team in recent weeks. (Photo: Chronicle)

Inconsistent Kaboul

The Frenchman has enjoyed mixed fortunes this season, as he was part of the defence that shipped goals all too freely in the early stages of the season. Since his return to the side after a hamstring injury in December, Kaboul has impressed alongside January signing Lamine Kone although they have kept just one clean sheet whilst playing together.

The defender does concede that he was disappointed with Sunday's loss, as he felt his side "were in the game in the first half and the second", but once Leicester took the lead "we dropped down a level and we were a different team."

Now though, Kaboul is aiming for three points at Carrow Road, saying that he and his teammates are "fully focused" on the game as well as "bouncing back with a win."