Too early for Sunderland pressure talk - Keiren Westwood

Keiren Westwood
Westwood joined Sunderland from Championship side Coventry City in June

Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has dismissed talk of pressure on the players despite a mixed start to the campaign at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats have won just two of 12 Premier League fixtures going into this weekend's visit of Wigan Athletic but have lost only once in the last four.

"It's too early to start talking about pressure," Westwood told BBC Newcastle.

"We'll pick up - you can see it in the performances - and it's only a matter of time before our luck turns."

He added: "We want to win, we understand the fans frustration."

Steve Bruce signed the Republic of Ireland international from Coventry City in June, to bolster his goalkeeping ranks.

Injury to Simon Mignolet and a long-term knee problem for Craig Gordon has handed the Manchester-born custodian his first-team opportunity - with four appearances so far this season.

Away from Wearside, Westwood was part of the Republic of Ireland squad that sealed qualification for the 2012 European Championship following a play-off against Estonia.

"I've been involved in 90% of the qualifying games, and I played in the game against Macedonia which was an important match.

"We're delighted, we deserved it, [Giovanni] Trapattoni has lost just two competitive games in 24 qualifiers.

"It's a reward for not getting to the World Cup in the summer of 2010, but now it goes on the back burner and I'm just focused on playing for Sunderland."