Sunderland Manager David Moyes hopes a first Premier League win of the season on Saturday against Bournemouth can inspire his team to go on a winning run.
Moyes has been speaking to the media this morning ahead of his side's fixture against the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium.
Defender John O'Shea won't make the journey south, while Moyes has revealed absentees Seb Larsson and Lee Cattermole are "making good progress" in their quest to return to full fitness.
Sunderland's opponents this weekend Bournemouth will be hoping to return to winning ways against the Black Cats, after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough last weekend.
Moyes has told the media he admires what Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has achieved with the Cherries, since returning as manager in 2012.
So far this season Sunderland have only picked up two points in the Premier League, with draws away at Southampton and at home to West Brom.
Moyes says he appreciates that supporters continue to back the team, despite a poor start.
Ahead of Saturday's match, Moyes and members of his squad visited Nissan's Wearside factory.
Jermain Defoe spoke to ITV Tyne Tees at Nissan.
It's a massive game against Bournemouth on Saturday, it's not going to be easy because they're a team that are on a good run. It's going to be a tough game." "It's a game we have to win, so we have to go there confident. If we all stick together like we have done, last season, the season before, then hopefully we can get the points."
Sunderland manager David Moyes says the visit to Nissan was worthwhile and gave the players the chance to meet supporters ahead of Saturday's game against the Cherries.
We can be proud of our fans and our support has been fantastic. Nissan are a key part of the area and it was great to visit." "We're trying to build a team not just for now but for the future, but we also need to pick up results." "We're not hiding and we won't. We want to work hard to engage with the supporters because we need them."
After their visit to Bournemouth, Sunderland then face relegation rivals Hull City at the Stadium of Light before a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.