Sunderland need 'fighters' to end their slump, says Rose

The England Under-21s international notes that the Black Cats expected a tough match with QPR under new stewardship and had hoped to score the winner against his old boss

After a run of just one win in their last nine matches in all competitions, Danny Rose believes that "fighters" on and off the field are essential if Sunderland are to straighten out their form.

Tuesday night saw Martin O'Neill's side draw at home to QPR in Harry Redknapp's first match in charge of the visitors and the full-back observed that the presence of a new manager made the match trickier.

The Tottenham loanee remarked to reporters on Wednesday: "Even at the weekend, we were disappointed in how we had lost the game and last night was a game we wanted to win and we thought we could win.

"It was always going to be difficult with a team who have just got a new manager because they will get an extra 10, 20 per cent buzz around the team and the confidence builds up, and it was difficult, but nobody can afford to hide now.

"We need 11 fighters on the field and seven fighters on the bench who are willing to come on and help us. We have got a great team spirit and we are just waiting for our luck to change."

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Since joining Sunderland for the season the England Under-21s international admits that he is unsure of what his future holds for him at parent club Spurs.

"I know I am here on loan but, for me, this is a chance for me to show everybody what I can do," Rose continued. "I don't know what's happening with my Tottenham career, so I am playing for my future at the minute.

"I know it's difficult for the lads who are here full time and I'm only on loan but I just want to give 100 per cent and I am always positive."

With Rose's former boss back in football after his summer dismissal from Spurs, the defender is pleased for Redknapp, although he would have liked to have scored the winning goal against his new team.

"There was a part of me that wanted to score the winner," he admitted. "But I am happy that he's back in the job with Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.

"I wish him the best of luck and I hope he can keep the team up. Hopefully it won't be at our expense, but I hope he can do great things there."