Paolo Di Canio has hit back at Sunderland's critics after he saw his side slump to a 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham on Saturday.
The outspoken manager has initiated a major overhaul of the Sunderland squad this summer, after succeeding Martin O'Neill at the back-end of last season, and has brought in no fewer than 11 new faces thus far.
But after having his recruitment policy questioned in the wake of their opening day defeat, Di Canio was defiant.
He said: "I don't mind having people against me because it is very satisfying when you win at the end and prove them wrong.
"What is important is that you don't give up. Don't listen to the ones who keep putting the club down, they are like crows. Everyone should stay positive because we are going to have a very good season, I'm sure about that."
The Italian's latest addition to the club, Charis Mavrias is unlikely to play any part at the weekend after his recent arrival from Panathinaikos.
Di Canio's men face a tough test on Saturday as they look to pick up their first points of the season against Mauricio Pochettino's free-spending Southampton.
"They have a lot of quality and they are a tough side to face right now. But we are going to go there for a win because we know we can beat any side," said Di Canio.
Southampton won their opening-day fixture with a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to a penalty from Rickie Lambert, and will be looking to continue that form in their first home fixture of the season.
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