Allardyce comments on Sunderland players' lack of footballing intelligence

The Sunderland boss was not happy with what he saw when they faced Everton this weekend.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce came back to earth with a bump this weekend as he watched his side lose 6-2 away to Everton and he has since been speaking to the club’s official website about the capitulation.

The Black Cats’ new boss inspired his side to a 3-0 victory against Newcastle United last weekend but just a few days on and things are looking bleaker than ever at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland had clawed back a two-goal deficit to equalise through Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher shortly after half-time, but the excitement of that second goal seemingly prompted the visitors to go to sleep defensively and when they woke up Everton had netted four more times without reply.

It was a shocking defensive display from Sunderland and Allardyce admitted after the match that there is a lot of work to do.

“You’ve got to keep emotional control and you play at this level via the intelligence you’ve got,” Allardyce told “Ability is all well and good but if you don’t have the intelligence with it at this level you lose control.”

Sunderland’s defeat means they remain in the bottom three and their new boss will not want to see a repeat of what happened this weekend in the matches yet to come.

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