Zenden seeks winning send off

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Bolo Zenden has urged his Sunderland team-mates to go out on a high as a season which promised much but delivered little draws to a close.

Zenden, who will play his final game for the club - if selected - against West Ham on Sunday after rejecting the chance to remain on Wearside, is acutely aware of what might have been in a season which has seen the Black cats hampered by injuries, but insists they must carry on the fight until the final ball is kicked.

The 34-year-old Dutchman said: "It's the last game of the season and it's going to be an important one. We are definitely going to finish (at least) 14th, but there is some ground to be made up if certain results go our way as well. We just have to make sure we win on Sunday."

He added: "With West Ham already being relegated, who knows how they are going to come out? Is it going to be positive, negative? How is the crowd going to react to them? Are they still going to put out a full squad?

"You never know what is going to happen in the last game of the season because probably for them, there's not much at stake.

"They want to give a farewell with a good feeling, but for us, there are still a few points to put on the board which can make a massive difference again for the team.

"At the beginning of the season, the main goal was to finish in the top 10, and it comes down to the last game, just like last year, where it is still possible.

"But we should have put that away a bit earlier in the season."

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