Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce bemoans the lack of draws from his side

Allardyce deflated

Sunderland have only drawn three games in the league this season.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce feels his side need to know when to take a draw, and know when it is a good result.

His side took the lead at White Hart Lane on Saturday but were pegged back almost immediately before half-time, and then went on to lose 4-1. 

The Black Cats have drawn just the three games in the Premier League this season - fewer than anybody else in the division - and Allardyce feels that picking up the odd point here and there can aid their survival.

He is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We are still not drawing. We are still losing when we should pick up draws.

“I’m not saying we should have drawn at Spurs on Saturday, but there are many games – three or four at the very least – where we should have drawn.

“And that would make life so much easier for the players, because every time they go into the next game having lost, everyone thinks it is a must-win match.

“The pressure becomes greater and greater and, at this level, when you get greater and greater pressure, more and more mistakes occur.”

Certainly, when you are in the predicament Sunderland are in, a couple of draws can build up an element of momentum, and it would mean there is much less doom and gloom surrounding the Stadium of Light.

The club are currently four points adrift of safety, meaning those 'three or four' draws that Allardyce thinks his side have missed out on could have put them within touching distance of survival.

Some feel at this stage of the season that wins are the name of the game, but the odd draw here and there should not be sniffed at. A draw away from home against a side that has ambitions of challenging towards the top end of the table can mean a lot to a side like Sunderland at the moment.

When sides at the bottom of the table notch up the odd draw, it tends to be because of good game management and maybe that's something Allardyce needs to work on with his players. 

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