Sunderland 'not struggling', says Craig Gardner
Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has dismissed criticism of the club's start to the Premier League season, following a run of four games without a win.
The Black Cats have scored just twice in those games, while the departure of Asamoah Gyan on loan to Al-Ain has added extra pressure to the squad.
"Everybody jumps on the bandwagon. We're not struggling, we haven't played badly," Gardner told BBC Newcastle.
"We're playing well, we're just lacking a couple of goals which will come."
Gardner added: "Four games into the season, we've got two points and we played Newcastle and Chelsea at home, and got two good results away.
"I don't know why people say we are struggling, we're not struggling."
The 24-year-old was one of 10 new first-team arrivals brought to the Stadium of Light by manager Steve Bruce during the summer, while senior players such as Jordan Henderson, Anton Ferdinand and Steed Malbranque all departed.
"We've come to a new club, we've moved our lives and you can't just fit straight in," Gardner continued.
"In the end quality comes out, and if you look at the signings Sunderland have made this summer, and the players that were here already, there's quality in abundance.
"In the end that will show, and we'll get goals and points on the board."
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