Sunderland's Alfred N'Diaye has praised the approach of new manager Paolo Di Canio after his first week in charge of Sunderland.

Di Canio's reign began with defeat following their 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but N'Diaye and the rest of the squad remain confident of securing their Premier League status.

N'Diaye, who joined the Black Cats in January, has admitted that the team approach games differently now that former boss Martin O'Neill is no longer at the club, and that the players have responded positively.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, N'Diaye said: "The new manager is very different to the previous boss. We have done a lot of tactical training over the last week too."

The 23-year-old midfielder stopped short of criticising O'Neill, however.

"I do not want to say Martin O'Neill was a bad manager - they are both good managers, just with different approaches - but we are all enjoying it," added N'Diaye.

The Chelsea defeat leaves Sunderland just outside of the relegation zone on goal-difference, and N'Diaye knows that his team need to start winning games as soon as possible if they are to preserve their top flight status. 

"Now we don't have a choice. We need to win games, against Newcastle and the next home game against Everton," continued N'Diaye.

"Every time we think we play well and fight, it doesn't matter. We need points.

"We've not won a game in two months and that's not good. It's not normal.

"Everybody was disappointed because as a minimum, we wanted a draw from the game yesterday. We thought we could get that."


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