Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce praises Southampton's defensive record

Sunderland take on Southampton in the Premier League at the weekend.

Sam Allardyce has praised Southampton’s defensive record on Sunderland’s official website.

The Black Cats boss is preparing to host the Saints at the weekend, and he is under no illusion as to the size of the task that lies ahead for his side, as they look to topple the south coast club.

Allardyce believes that Southampton have not received enough credit for their defensive performances over the past two seasons, and he has praised them for getting the balance correct.

“They’ve got a fantastic defensive record which nobody talks about," he said. "They’re brilliant at doing both [sides of the game]. They have got the flair of attacking and the out of possession work, the defensive side of it.

“Again this year they’re looking pretty good, even with what they’ve sold. Certainly last year, while they were brilliant in terms of what they did in possession they had the second best clean-sheet record, which gave them the platform to have such a good season.”

Southampton have made an excellent start to the season, and it is a credit to them that they have gone under-the-radar so far.

The Saints are sat in seventh place in the Premier League standings as things stand, yet they have not received too much media attention – largely because it is no shock to see them competing in the upper echelons of the table any more.

Allardyce’s praise for Southampton's defence is merited too, as the south coast side have conceded just 13 times throughout the league season so far.

It leaves Sunderland with a tough task to beat them this weekend, but the Black Cats will be hopeful of getting the three points as a win could lift them out of the relegation zone.

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