Sunderland are ‘gifting victories to opponents’ – Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce bemoaned Sunderland’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 Tadic’s 69th-minute
penalty earned Southampton a 1-0 victory at the
Stadium of Light – and Allardyce has warned his
troops they’ll be relegated if they don’t soon cut out
the errors.

“We are playing with fear and we need to get rid of
that,” he told the BBC .

“In the end we have gifted it to Southampton.
“We need to pass the ball better. Our passing in
possession was poor and I think it’s the fear of the
position we are in.

“It could have been a point, it could have been a
point at West Brom. That’s two points.
“We have to do better and cut out the silly
mistakes. At the moment we are not good enough.”
Allardyce had no complaints about the decision, but
plenty about the tackle.

He said: “He [M’Vila] didn’t need to go to ground.
He’d done the job, he’d covered around DeAndre
[Yedlin]. Just jockey the player out of the box.
“The player sees the tackle and goes, ‘That’s me,
I’m going down now’, and he can’t argue with the
penalty decision because if he’d just stayed on his
feet, the lad was going nowhere.”

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: “In training, I see a lot of good stuff, I see
a lot of good things, but I ain’t seeing it when we
get on the field, that’s my problem, so there’s got to
be a bit of fear in the players who are frightened to
express themselves.
“They’ve got to really get rid of that fear and show
on the pitch what they can do on the training

“They seem to find it from somewhere at the end of
the season, don’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.

“When the games go into single figures, that’s it.
Now we have got a lot of games to try to make
sure we get out of being in that position.”

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