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Published: 11:57 | 25/2/16

N'Doye backs Sunderland to stay up

Dame N'Doye does not want to be relegated for a second successive season but is confident Sunderland can beat the drop.

N'Doye was a member of the Hull side that was relegated last season and he finds himself in the midst of a relegation battle with his new club Sunderland, who are 19th in the Premier League table.

Having joined Sunderland on loan from Trabzonspor in January, the 31-year-old Senegal international is confident the Black Cats will not suffer the same fate as Hull.

"Yes, I believe that because of the atmosphere in the dressing room. The lads are very concentrated and they have a strong mind that they will stay up - and that is very important," the striker told the Journal.

"Team spirit was strong at Hull also because everybody was working hard and they did not believe they were going down. Maybe we failed in some games and that is why we went down, but God decides that and when he decides, you cannot change it."

Sunderland defeated Manchester United and a point against West Ham would lift them out of the bottom three.

N'Doye knows there is a long way to go and is determined to do all he can to help Sunderland remain in the Premier League.

"Every year, you work hard to stay in the Premier League. Nobody expects to go down, but three teams have to go," he said.

"I don't want to be relegated two seasons in a row. I did not want to be relegated at Hull, but now I have to forget about that and concentrate on this new challenge and keeping Sunderland up."

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