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Wickham seeks home comforts

Striker Connor Wickham has warned Sunderland there is now no margin for error if they are to avoid relegation.

A spirited display at Anfield in midweek garnered some plaudits but no points and with their remaining four away games taking them to Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, that does not appear to be a route to salvation.

Gus Poyet's men host West Ham United on Monday night looking for a first win in seven attempts and Wickham admits the need for home victories is now paramount.

He said: "We are going to have to, we haven't got a choice. We need to start picking up points.

"We need to start looking at the reality now that we need to start picking up points. Scrappy points or good points, we just need to get the points on the board.

"It's up to us to start performing against not just the big teams, but the teams in and around us and start picking up points."

Goals, or more accurately, the lack of them, have been Sunderland's most pressing concern for much of the campaign to date and Wickham is ready to play his part if called upon.

The 8.1m signing said: "That's why I came back, that's why I wanted to come back. That's what I have said all along: I want to play football and that's what the aim is to do."