Allardyce explains where Newcastle slipped up tactically, provides Sunderland injury update

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce says Sunderland exploited Newcastle's defensive frailties.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told Sky Sports that he looked to exploit Newcastle United's defensive problems in the 3-0 victory today.

The Black Cats have made it six successive victories over their North East rivals, having hammered the Magpies 3-0 at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.

Goals from Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher handed Sunderland their win of the season, with a red card for Newcastle centre back Fabricio Coloccini aiding their cause too.

The result takes Sunderland above Newcastle on goal difference, and puts pressure back on Magpies boss Steve McClaren after a torrid afternoon on Wearside.

New manager Sam Allardyce - formerly of Newcastle - grabbed his first win as Black Cats boss having been appointed earlier this month, and spoke to Sky Sports after the game.

Allardyce told them that he saw some major defensive problems in the Newcastle side even during their 6-2 win over Norwich City, and made sure his team attacked the flanks to exploit those deficiencies in the Newcastle side.

"We've seen a lot of Newcastle - home and away - taking the game to the opposition, and probably where they've slipped us is that they've left a few areas at the back where you can exploit," said Allardyce. "We saw that on our clips that we did for the players, and we saw it against Norwich last week. Even though they won very comfortably 6-2, we could see that if you got down the sides and got balls in the box, you would get chances."

Allardyce also told the Northern Echo that there was a major downside to today's win, and that came in the form of injuries to John O'Shea, Younes Kaboul and Ola Toivonen.

"John’s got a hamstring injury and Ola has injured his calf," said Allardyce. "Younes did a groin, so the disappointing thing is that there’s three players who have got injured. We’ll have to see how they are for next week. I would imagine they’ll find it difficult to get fit – we might get one out of three, but I won’t be sure for another two or three days," he added.

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