Yann M’Vila has admitted to the Sunderland Echo that he was baffled by Sunderland’s slow start against Chelsea at the weekend.
The Black Cats are in dire need of points to get themselves away from trouble, but they were caught off guard at Stamford Bridge.
Sunderland fell 2-0 behind within the first 13 minutes of the match on Saturday, when Branislav Ivanovic and Pedro both netted.
And M’Vila said: “We were much better in the second half, but why didn’t we start like that?
“Why? I don’t understand it. It was a really poor first half from us.”
Sunderland were never likely to overturn a two-goal deficit at Stamford Bridge, and things got worse for them in the second half when Oscar got his name on the scoresheet.
Allardyce’s side did manage to pull one goal back when Fabio Borini scored from a set-piece, and their performance after this strike was much improved.
However, it was far too little too late, and the defeat means Sunderland have lost their last three matches.
This run of poor form has been disastrous for the Black Cats, as they are now five points away from safety, and facing an uphill battle to retain their Premier League status.