Adam Johnson predicts Sunderland improvement

Adam Johnson
Johnson scoring against Everton last weekend

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson believes the Black Cats will soon be winning matches after their improved performance against Everton last week.

The Wearsiders travel to Fulham on Sunday having won just one of their 10 Premier League matches this season.

But Johnson told BBC Radio Newcastle their first-half effort at Goodison showed they can win at Craven Cottage.

"We showed we can play at Everton, they are fourth and we more than matched them," said Johnson.

The 25-year-old, signed from Manchester City last August, put Sunderland ahead before the Blues came back to win 2-1.

"In the first half I thought we were very good," added Johnson. "We should have been 3-0 ahead at least and they'd have struggled to come back from that.

"It's definitely the best we've played for a few weeks and there's going to be a few wins coming up."

Johnson said he is beginning to feel his own form returning after a difficult start to his career on Wearside.

"I felt good, but it's been coming," he continued. "A [knee] injury sort of set of me back a little bit when I signed and I sort of lost the pre-season work I did with City.

"But I think my fitness is definitely getting there and my form is coming with it - last Saturday is probably the best I've played since I signed.

"Although it was another poor result there were definitely a lot of positives to take from the game and it's lifted everybody. We can definitely go to Fulham and win."

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said confidence was a very important issue for the club.

"Confidence is so ephemeral. Having been a footballer myself I know sometimes it changes not so much game by game as minute by minue, but good players find it from somewhere and there were great signs in the game against Everton.

"We now need to convert performance into a victory. Poor records have to be broken at some stage or other. We need to turn draws into victories and potential defeats into draws. It's been a strange old season so far - after Sunday we'll have played seven away games and only four at home - but we will turn it around."