Sunderland goalkeeper explains why Middlesbrough result will have extra significance after Watford win

Sunderland’s goalkeeper, Anthony Patterson, is eagerly anticipating the upcoming match against Middlesbrough, following The Black Cats’ impressive start to the season. The 23-year-old has been a consistent presence in the Championship lineup since Sunderland’s promotion to the second tier last year, and he highlights the growing confidence within the young squad.

Patterson acknowledges that Sunderland has continued to build upon their sixth-place finish from the previous season. The team has accumulated 19 points in their first 10 league games of this campaign, with Patterson securing his fourth clean sheet during Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Watford.

Reflecting on the season’s outset, Patterson commented, “At the beginning of the season, we anticipated a tougher division, but credit goes to the team. We’ve performed exceptionally well, which has positioned us favorably in the league. We aim to maintain this momentum throughout the rest of the season.”

Currently, Sunderland holds the fourth position in the Championship standings as they prepare to face Middlesbrough at the Stadium of Light, with the match scheduled for an early kickoff at 12:30pm.

Despite encountering challenges at the start of the season, Michael Carrick’s side, which also reached the playoffs in the previous season, has secured victories in their last three league games. Both teams are eager to sustain their positive momentum before the upcoming international break.


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Patterson acknowledges the significance of the forthcoming match, stating, “The stadium will be packed, and it’s another crucial game where we aim to secure three points.”

He also recognizes the importance of maintaining momentum leading into the international break, with games coming rapidly in recent times.

Sunderland’s next match after the international break will be against Stoke on Saturday, October 21. Subsequently, they are set to face Leicester, Norwich, Swansea, and Birmingham before another international break in November.

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