Sam Allardyce blasts side over failure to see out game

The Sunderland manager was disappointed that his team hadn't held on to take all three points.

Sam Allardyce blasts side over failure to see out game
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Sam Allardyce made it clear he was not happy with his Sunderland side after they missed the chance to pick up an invaluable three points away at Southampton.

Throwing it away

Sunderland knew picking up a win at St. Mary's would be a tough task but the Black Cats were within seconds of securing the points that would have seen them move three points of their relegation rivals. 

Jermain Defoe struck with five minutes remaining to open the scoring but Virgil van Dijk popped up with nearly the last kick of the game to break the hearts of fans in the away end. Sam Allardyce did not look best pleased on the touchline.

A dejected looking Sunderland side left the pitch knowing they have missed a golden opportunity to put even more pressure on the struggling teams at the bottom.

Allardyce's comments

Allardyce lamented his side's inability to keep a clean sheet once again and admitted that the three points would have "made life easier" for his flailing squad. The manager also said that his side only scoring one goal "hasn't been enough" since he took over.

Speaking more generally about the game and not just the last minute equaliser, Allardyce conceded his side didn't have the "composure" to keep the ball in the opposition half but did admit he was "delighted" with the amount of chances Sunderland created, despite only scoring one.

Allardyce concluded he had "seen enough" in his side to believe they will stay up but said there needed to be an upturn in results.

The relegation battle

Big Sam will know the importance of the next few games, especially the North East derby which is in two weeks time.

Newcastle United and Norwich City both failed to pick up any points yesterday which makes Sunderland's draw seem less of a negative.