George Dobson says their is a resolute mood in the Sunderland dressing room as they look to continue their fine form and achieve promotion.

Sunderland have lost just once in 2020, but had to show plenty of character and fight on Tuesday evening against Fleetwood Town to earn a late point and maintain that record.

It leaves Sunderland still within touching distance of the automatic promotion places, with second-placed Coventry City the next of their 11 remaining games.

The stakes continue to rise, which in turn means the pressure on the players does too. But Dobson says all is calm in the Sunderland dressing room.

"We take it game by game. I know everyone says it, but it literally has to be," he said.

"If you look too far ahead you'll get caught up in it too much. You've just got to focus on the next game you play and try your best as a team and as an individual to get the three points to then take you into the next game.

"And that's what we've got to keep doing for the next 11. If we play to how we can I'm sure there's a good chance we can pick up enough wins to be where we want to be."

As for dealing with pressure on a personal basis, the former West Ham youngster's attitude was very much in the, 'pressure, what pressure?' mould.

He continued: "To be fair, I'm not really one to get too nervous. I've always just said it's a game of football at the end of the day. I get to go out and play in front of 30,000 people. It's an opportunity to impress. So I can't really say I get nervous myself."

Beating Coventry on Sunday would see Sunderland take a huge step towards promotion. The Sky Blues are three points ahead of Sunderland in second, but with better goal difference, Phil Parkinson's side would be guaranteed to leapfrog the Midlands side by gaining all three points.

It's important too, because Mark Robbins' side have a game in hand, so not taking a chance to close the gap would constitute a massive opportunity missed.

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Looking ahead to the game, Dobson said: "I feel like Coventry play very similar to us now in terms of their formation and our formation. So it'll be a good game.

"It's obviously a massive game in terms of the context of the league. But we're very confident we can go there and put in a very good performance. And if we do, hopefully, we'll get the result."