Paul Ince criticises Sunderland’s lack of concentration

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Sunderland are in the midst of a relegation battle.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Paul Ince has criticised how Sunderland dealt with their game against Tottenham at the weekend, bemoaning the lack of concentration shown by Sam Allardyce’s men.

Ince said: “In Sam Allardyce, they've got the right manager. I've seen an improvement in Sunderland since he took charge and the gameplan worked well at Tottenham initially. They got the goal, and they just needed to keep that into the second half. But a lack of concentration allowed the equaliser, and once Spurs got level, it was always going to be difficult.”

Sunderland went ahead in their game against the North London club, with Patrick van Aanholt handing the Black Cats a well deserved lead.

However, the Lilywhites pulled back just moments later through Christian Eriksen, and from then on Spurs always looked likely to go on and win - as they did by a 4-1 scoreline.

The Wearside outfit performed so well in the run up to opening the scoring, but they immediately switched off and it was poor defending which allowed Eriksen to score, rather than any great play.

Following that goal, the Black Cats stayed out of sorts defensively , and Allardyce’s decision to change from a back four to a back three proved to be disastrous.

Jan Kirchhoff had a debut to forget, and his defensive teammates can take little positive out of the game.

Ince praised the way Sunderland played to begin with, but in the Premier League, any sort of concentration lapse is going to be capitalised upon, which Saturday’s opponents did in an excellent manner.

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