Rose: Last six games are all cup finals for Sunderland

The on-loan Tottenham left-back is desperate for the Black Cats to beat local rivals Newcastle United on Sunday, and has stressed the importance of their remaining fixtures
Sunderland defender Danny Rose is eyeing a victory over local rivals Newcastle United to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation - and believes their remaining matches are all cup finals.

The 22-year-old is currently on a season-long loan spell from Tottenham, and is keen for the Black Cats to overcome a difficult atmosphere when they travel to face the Magpies on Sunday.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m looking forward to the game and every match we’re in now is a cup final.

“I’ve heard from the staff and the lads that it’s a hostile atmosphere and I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great match so hopefully we can come out on top.”

The match will be the second since Paolo Di Canio took over, following their 2-1 loss away to Chelsea, and Rose is hoping to come out on top in the vital clash.

He added: “Every game’s a six-pointer, definitely.

“We shouldn't be in this position but we have to try and forget about that and do our best over the next six games.”