Vito Mannone says lack of clean sheets is driving him crazy

Mannone hasn't kept a clean sheet this season.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has voiced his frustration at the lack of clean sheets this season, as the Black Cats have only managed to record three shut-outs during the campaign.

Unfortunately for Mannone, he hasn't been in goal for any of them, as all three clean sheets came when Costel Pantilimon was selected ahead of him. Now Mannone is the number one at the club after Pantilimon departed for Watford in the most recent transfer window.

  PositionTeamClean SheetAppearancesMins Played
Costel Pantilimon GK Sunderland 3 17 1,530

Mannone is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We’re desperately trying to get one [a clean sheet], but we’re finding it tough to get it.

“I’m making a few saves to keep us in the games.

“But it’s the work of the whole team, from the strikers through to me. All 11 players have to be concentrated on not giving cheap goals away.

“At the end of the day, the points are the main thing.

“But the manager wants the basics right, the clean sheets first and then build from there."

There has certainly been an upturn in form from Sunderland but it is worrying that they keep on leaking goals to whoever they play. 

Allardyce has previously stated that he would like his side to be able to find a knack of drawing games - which requires a significant amount of defensive stability. There are going to be times when they won't be bailed out in the final third by their forwards.

However, it is a team effort - as Mannone states, and part of that recently could be as a result of new signings trying to fit, including Lamine Kone at the heart of defence.

But having had the weekend off as a result of being knocked out of the FA Cup early on, they have had plenty of time to work on these issues, and become more solid at the back. They will hope they can show they've tightened up at the weekend when they travel to East London to face West Ham United. 

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