Date: 15th January 2009 at 3:45pm
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Curtis Davies has said Villa’s defence will have to be on form if we hope to keep Kenwyne Jones and Djibril Cisse quiet.

Speaking on the official site Davies has said that we must respect their impressive striking partnership and not simply think we can coast to a win. Sunderland have already shown us they are a hard team to beat and with Jones and Cisse between them scoring 8 goals in the last 6 games if we give them chances they will cause problems.

‘We have to be very aware of Jones and Cisse because they are building up a really good understanding now.

‘Jones was injured for a while and he was a big miss but he’s back now and making a really good impression.

‘It will be different from the clash at Villa Park when Cisse played up front by himself. The pair will be a real threat on Saturday.

‘It’s never easy going up to the north-east, whether it is Sunderland, Newcastle or Middlesbrough. They have passionate fans and they are all tough teams.

‘Ricky Sbragia has come in at Sunderland and it’s given the lads a lift.

‘He has obviously taken a different approach and it’s working. Let’s hope we put a spanner in the works when we play them.’

This will definitely be a tough test but it’s one we can overcome. Our away form has been pretty good this season, and I don’t see a reason why that can’t continue.

But we have to turn up and play our game.