Sunderland are â€˜gifting victories to opponentsâ€™ â€“ Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce bemoaned Sunderlandâ€™s
display against Southampton and feels his side are
playing with fear and must cut out the silly
The Black Cats remain firmly entrenched in the
relegation mire after Dusan Tadicâ€™s 69th-minute
penalty earned Southampton a 1-0 victory at the
Stadium of Light â€“ and Allardyce has warned his
troops theyâ€™ll be relegated if they donâ€™t soon cut out
â€œWe are playing with fear and we need to get rid of
that,â€ he told the BBC .
â€œIn the end we have gifted it to Southampton.
â€œWe need to pass the ball better. Our passing in
possession was poor and I think itâ€™s the fear of the
position we are in.
â€œIt could have been a point, it could have been a
point at West Brom. Thatâ€™s two points.
â€œWe have to do better and cut out the silly
mistakes. At the moment we are not good enough.â€
Allardyce had no complaints about the decision, but
plenty about the tackle.
He said: â€œHe [Mâ€™Vila] didnâ€™t need to go to ground.
Heâ€™d done the job, heâ€™d covered around DeAndre
[Yedlin]. Just jockey the player out of the box.
â€œThe player sees the tackle and goes, â€˜Thatâ€™s me,
Iâ€™m going down nowâ€™, and he canâ€™t argue with the
penalty decision because if heâ€™d just stayed on his
feet, the lad was going nowhere.â€
The defeat was the third in four games since
Allardyce took over on Wearside, and he is
desperate to rid his players of a fear factor he
believes is hindering performances.
He said: â€œIn training, I see a lot of good stuff, I see
a lot of good things, but I ainâ€™t seeing it when we
get on the field, thatâ€™s my problem, so thereâ€™s got to
be a bit of fear in the players who are frightened to
â€œTheyâ€™ve got to really get rid of that fear and show
on the pitch what they can do on the training
â€œThey seem to find it from somewhere at the end of
the season, donâ€™t they, for some bizarre reason?
The last thing I want to do is to have to try to find it
at the end of the season again because you might
not find it then.
â€œWhen the games go into single figures, thatâ€™s it.
Now we have got a lot of games to try to make
sure we get out of being in that position.â€
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