The midfielder was in the side that just didn’t get started at the Stadium of Light and what would have been a disappointing goalless draw turned into a nightmare when Michael Chopra struck in the final minute of added time to hand Roy Keane’s men all three points.
It is a loss that has stuck in the memory somewhat and JJ recalled: “We didn’t play great on the day or really deserve anything from the game and we know what to expect on Saturday.
“Sunderland are a tough team and Roy Keane has got them playing decent football as well so it is going to be a good game.
“The confidence in the team is high and a few results of late have helped that,” added JJ, who is looking to build on the fine 1-0 FA Cup replay victory at Reading on Tuesday night and get us back to winning ways in the league.
“There are one or two results that we would have liked to have changed or maybe done better in but things are generally going well," he said.
“I think the cup result showed our resilience because Reading is not an easy place to go and play free football - creating chances and scoring goals. To keep a clean sheet was good for us and will give us a lot of confidence.”
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Jermaine Jenas is determined to put right our opening day defeat at Sunderland when the Black Cats arrive at the Lane on Saturday.