Forward thinking: Borini eyes Hornets response

Fabio Borini remained upbeat in the wake of Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday, insisting there are plenty of positives to take forward.

The Black Cats fought to the end against the Blues on an emotionally-fuelled evening at the Stadium of Light as both club’s united for Bradley Lowery.

David Moyes’ side were tireless in their efforts but eventually caved in when Cesc Fabregas swept home Willian’s stunned lay-off with 40 minutes played.

Sunderland responded positively but were unable to draw level as their best opening saw Adnan Januzaj denied by Thibaut Courtois who also produced a stunning save to deny Patrick van Aanholt in added time.

However, the Black Cats have no time to dwell on their back-to-defeats as they welcome Walter Mazzarri’s side to Wearside on Saturday.

Speaking to, the Italian forward spoke about his delight to be back and admitted there are plenty of positives to build on as the games continue to come thick and fast.

“The result wasn’t a positive one but after the first half we changed it and our attitude and aggression made a difference,” he said.

“We could’ve been a little bit more clinical and we showed that we could play against big teams and not be scared.

“Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he made a couple of good saves, one from Adnan and the other from Patrick. It’s a tight loss but we have to go into Watford positive.

“It was good to be out playing and for me it was the first game back at the Stadium of Light this season,” he continued.

“It was nice to play 80 minutes and I didn’t feel that tired after three and a half months out.

“There is no reason to believe we can't beat Watford because they are one of our competitors in the league and we have to play football and try to win the game.” 

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