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Dwight Yorke believes he still has more to give as Sunderland push on towards promotion.


The experienced Trinidad and Tobago midfielder has made a valuable contribution in recent weeks as the Black Cats have climbed to the verge of the play-off places and closed to within six points of an automatic promotion slot.

And the 35-year-old reckons there is still more to come from him in the promotion run-in.

He said: "I feel in good nick and, touch wood, I have been lucky with injuries.

"It is the team that matters most, but it is nice to be able to contribute in some way.

"I feel like I am getting better, but there is a little bit more to come from me and that is what all of us have to look for.

"The more we win, the more players play with confidence. I'm trying to do my stuff and trying to help the team to get the results we need."

Yorke admits he took time to settle after his move from Australian A-League champions Sydney FC at the end of August.

But he insists he never felt under pressure as a `big-name' arrival on Wearside.

He said: "I've never looked upon football as pressure.

"I knew there was a big challenge for me here. I didn't realise what a big club this is until I got here, but I would never consider playing in front of thousands of good fans as pressure.

"I have made a good living out of the game and been blessed with a certain talent to play football. I enjoy every minute of it.

"Pressure is when you can't pay the bills."

Sunderland have climbed from the foot of the Championship to join the promotion-chasers at the top end of the table but Yorke says they cannot be complacent about their progress.

He said: "This is where the hard work really begins.

"The team was low in confidence and self-esteem when the gaffer came in and he has turned that round. At the moment, we're going in the right direction and are in a decent position.

"But it's a topsy-turvy league and we can't get carried away because things can change quickly - football can kick you back at any time!"