Sam Allardyce to make defending the priority at Sunderland until May

Sunderland have conceded 50 goals in their Premier League campaign to date.

Manager Sam Allardyce has admitted to the Chronicle that Sunderland are not looking to go on the attack as they aim to avoid the drop.

The Black Cats are currently one point away from safety, but Allardyce does not want to deploy a gung-ho approach to get his side out of trouble. Instead, he has urged his team to be more cautious in their tactics.

Sunderland currently have the joint worst defensive record of any team in England’s top flight, having conceded on 50 occasions to date.

Allardyce now wants his side to shut up shop and he admits that their attacking play may not be as effective because of this.

“We want them [Defoe’s goals] in ones, rather than two in one game and three in another, if possible,” Allardyce said.

“We want them nicely spread out if we can. That way, he gets us a goal to give us a win.

“There’s not too often between now and the end of the season, that two or more goals are going to come from us, let’s face it. That’s been pretty difficult to come by this season. The 1-0 wins are going to be the important side of our game now.”

Defoe has scored 13 goals in 23 matches in all competitions this season, and his goals will be crucial as Sunderland look to avoid the drop.

The Black Cats are currently in Dubai on warm weather training, but they return to action next week with a match against West Ham United as they look to build on some impressive recent performances.

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