Sam Allardyce bemoans Sunderland's lack of clean sheets

Sunderland have conceded 50 goals during the Premier League campaign to date.

Sam Allardyce has admitted to the Chronicle that Sunderland still have a big problem with keeping clean sheets.

The Black Cats have leaked goals throughout the campaign so far, and even Allardyce’s appointment has not seen them improve too drastically at the back.

However, the addition of Lamine Kone in January does seem to have shored things up to a degree and Allardyce is hoping to see his team tighten up even further between now and the end of the season.

“If the team is better by the signings that we’ve made, the whole squad benefits from that,” he said.

“Our defence looks better with Lamine in there. It looks more solid and our big problem was, and still is, not enough clean sheets.

“But we seem to be managing that better now. So we still focus on getting more clean sheets but we’re looking defensively better as a unit.”

Sunderland’s win over Manchester United has lifted them up to within one point of safety, and belief is starting to flood back to the Wearsiders.

Allardyce’s men have certainly progressed under his guidance and their last three performances have been hugely impressive.

Sunderland put in a great display against Manchester City, before drawing away against Liverpool and then beating United.

Sunderland also have two weeks off before their next match against West Ham United, and Allardyce will be looking to use that time on the training ground to further improve his side’s defensive organisation.

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