KENWYNE JONES says Sunderland need fear no-one at home as they prepare to take on Champions League hopefuls Manchester City this weekend.
Arsenal and Liverpool have both left Wearside pointless, proving Sunderland are capable of beating so-called Big Four sides.
City, who won 4-2 at Chelsea in their last outing a fortnight ago, take on the Wearsiders on Sunday, but Jones says the midweek 4-0 win over Bolton has restored the Black Cats’ confidence.
He said: “We have been very good at home this season, very solid, and we fancy our chances against anyone at the Stadium of Light.
“Sometimes you can be like a Goliath at home, but a rabbit – for want of a better word – away from home.
“Maybe we have been a little bit like that this season and our away form is something we are looking to turn around.
“At home we have already beaten Liverpool and Arsenal, so there is no reason why we cannot do well against Manchester City.
“They are a top team with top players but I do not think we need fear anyone at home, and the win against Bolton midweek has given everyone fresh confidence, so we are looking forward to the match and hoping to get a victory.”
Sunderland had gone 14 league games without a win before Darren Bent’s maiden Premier League hat-trick against the Trotters helped them to their biggest win of the season on Tuesday night. With City followed by Birmingham’s visit to the Stadium of Light a week tomorrow, Jones knows Sunderland must build on that Bolton result.
The Trinidad and Tobago striker added: “It has been difficult for us because, although we have played well in some games, we have not been able to get that win.
“The longer the run went on, the tougher it became, but the good thing is we did not just beat Bolton but we beat them convincingly.
“It was a good victory. A good team performance.
“If we can produce the same sort of performance as we did against Bolton then I think we have a good chance of getting another victory.”