Sunderland face Cardiff in the Championship today.
He said: “The players are up to it. I have no worries. This is something they should enjoy. Failure does not cross my mind. We will just keep going. The players have got the desire and I have the faith in them.
“Derby are top and Birmingham are favourites, we’re not favourites, the top two teams are in the best positions… but all that could change.
“The players are handling the pressure. It doesn’t seem to be fazing them one bit.”