Costel Pantilimon suggests how Sunderland can avoid relegation

Sunderland are in danger of getting relegated from the Premier League.

Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has told The Sunderland Echo that his side need to keep more clean sheets this season in order to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Black Cats kept as many as 13 clean sheets in the Premier League last season and managed to retain their English top-flight status.

So far this campaign, Sunderland have kept just two shut-outs in the league, the latest of which came on Monday night.

Sam Allardyce’s side got the better of high-flying Crystal Palace 1-0 away from home at Selhurst Park in London in the Premier League, thanks to Jermain Defoe’s goal in the 80th minute.

“We have not had many clean sheets this season, the only other one was against Newcastle,” Pantilimon told The Sunderland Echo.

“I hope to have more of them! Last year we had plenty of clean sheets and with that kind of commitment and desire we will stay up.”

Just like last season, Sunderland are struggling for survival in the Premier League this campaign.

The Black Cats are third from bottom in the league table at the moment with nine points from 13 matches, just a point behind 17th-place Newcastle United.

Bournemouth and Aston Villa make up the bottom three in the standings, while Norwich City are just three points above the relegation zone.

Sunderland will take on Stoke City at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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