With only one game remaining this season, the Black Cats are currently fifth in the league table with 81 points to their name.


Sunderland will take on Morecambe in the final league game of their season at the Mazuma Stadium at the weekend, knowing that bagging three points in the encounter will ensure they seal a playoff spot, while the Shrimps are also desperate for a win as they remain just two points above the drop zone.



However, Neil has insisted that he does not see any nervous faces at the Wearside giants ahead of the crunch clash, and rather he can only feel a sense of anticipation growing as shot at promotion is up for grabs.


Asked whether anyone at Sunderland is nervous ahead of the crunch clash, Neil told a press conference: “I’ve not got any sense of nerves from anybody.



“There has been a lot of hard work and I sense more anticipation than anything else.”


Neil stressed that his side will treat the season finale as any other league game this season, even though the game carries a lot of significance for both teams, albeit for different reasons.



“It will be a tough game for different reasons.


“You could argue there are other games in the division that are equally important.


“We will just treat it as any other game.


“What is different is the magnitude behind it.”


In addition to Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers are the four teams currently battling it out for the remaining three playoff spots.