Anichebe up for fight with Black Cats
Sunderland 1 Watford 0
Victor Anichebe is ready to roll up his sleeves and scrap for Premier League survival as opposition defenders target Sunderland's surprise package.
The 28-year-old striker started the season without a club and got his chance when his former Everton boss David Moyes turned to him in a desperate search for reinforcements.
Almost four months on, Anichebe has established himself as a fixture in the team and a fans' favourite with his muscular approach to the game, although that has not gone unnoticed by the Black Cats' adversaries.
"Teams are really ready for us, they are a lot more aggressive with me, they are a lot more aggressive on our side," he said.
"I suppose it's a compliment, but I'm ready for it. Whenever there's a battle, I'll be ready."
Anichebe missed the 1-0 midweek defeat by Chelsea, but returned to good effect on Saturday as Sunderland secured a fourth win in seven games as Patrick van Aanholt's strike earned them a 1-0 win over Watford at the Stadium of Light.
It was far from pretty, but Moyes' men, anchored by central defenders Lamine Kone and Papy Djilobodji, ground out a result they needed to lift themselves from the foot of the table.
Anichebe said: "I always say to the two centre-backs we have, whenever they play well, whenever they are beasts, it really drives us on. Hopefully this again can be a springboard. We have got a little bit of a break now, but hopefully for the next game, we are going to be ready again."