Sunderland keen to end season on a high - Matt Kilgallon

Matt Kilgallon

Defender Matt Kilgallon says Sunderland are determined to end the Premier League season in positive fashion after a recent slip in form.

They are without a win in five games since the FA Cup loss to Everton and

"All the lads are still really trying," Kilgallon told BBC Newcastle.

"Every day in training the boss is still working us hard - none of the lads are thinking we'll cruise now."

On a personal level, Kilgallon has emerged as a key member of Martin O'Neill's squad in the absence of fellow centre-halves Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Titus Bramble.

The 26-year-old was ruled out for a month and a half after picking up an ankle injury in January's 1-0 defeat by Chelsea, but following his return to the first team last month has featured in the last four games.

"I got an unlucky injury, I was back in the team and doing alright, but my ankle went and it was a case of here we go again," Kilgallon said.

"I had to be patient, but got back in and I'm trying my best to play as well as I can.

"I've had a lot of help off the other lads, they've made it easy for me, I'm doing alright and now hopefully staying in there is the main thing."