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Winning ugly is no bad thing for boss.

HAVING parked the bus for a point at Molineux, Chris Coleman will be delighted to win ugly if it ends Sunderland's miserable sequence at the Stadium of Light, writes STUART RAYNER.

The Black Cats' next two games are at the ground where they have not won since December 17 last year.

Coleman, pictured, showed in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers he values points over purism.

He said: "We need to win 1-0 at home. If it is swashbuckling football and we win 3-0 or 4-0 then fantastic -but if we win 1-0 and it's a controversial goal I couldn't care less.

"There is only us who is going to put a smile on everyone's face and that means we have to win at home.

"Next week (against Fulham) will be just as hard as this week but it will be the psychological factor and it is only us who can get over that.

"The fans are super unhappy and I don't blame them for that because we haven't won for so long at home but we have to show that same resilience at home, be brave.

"We have to find the answers to turn it around at home."

Having not managed one in the league all season, Sunderland have kept clean sheets in their last two away games.

Coleman added: "We need that platform. We are not going to win games 5-3, 4-3 every week.

"Wolves may do with the riches they've spent on fantastic players at this level.

"We may have to win 1-0 and to do that you are going to need to keep a clean sheet, sometimes playing ugly, not looking the best - but I don't care about that.

"All I care about is getting results and making sure we get away from the relegation zone."

Sunderland are one from bottom of the Championship, a point from safety, but Coleman already seems to be having an impact.

He said: "The early signs are okay. It's game by game, step by step and we have to keep building.

"It's all about what happens on the training ground. I don't care what team you are, you earn your success on the training ground.

"It's resilience, diligence, accountability - all those nasty words - and the better you get at those things, the better results you get.

"I don't have a magical wand but I know how to motivate and organise a team.

"We're confident we can get out of trouble but it's going to be a long, hard season. We know that."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 11, 2017
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