Jan Kirchhoff explains how Sunderland players felt following West Ham loss

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Sunderland were defeated 1-0 by West Ham on Saturday.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Jan Kirchhoff has admitted that the Black Cats players were sad following the defeat at the hands of West Ham on Saturday.

Kirchhoff said: “We were a bit sad after the game, but we have to try to keep that level of performance on the pitch and get points from it. There’s no need to change anything, we just have to go on and put pressure on the opponents, and try to win our next game.”

The Black Cats were defeated by West Ham, wth Michail Antonio’s first-half goal enough to separate the two sides.

Wahbi Khazri his the woodwork, and Sunderland were unlucky not to score due to a fantastic performance by Adrian in the West Ham goal, and coming away with zero points was not deserving of the performance.

It was a performance which suggested the Black Cats have enough about them to stay in the top flight, and it is not a surprise that the players were sad come the end of the game.

They played to a level which would have won them the game in the majority of weeks, and if Sam Allardyce has his players performing in this style every game, they should have no trouble staying in the top flight.

Sunderland host Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening, knowing that they have a great chance of picking up three vital points.

Palace have been in dreadful form since December 2015, and the Black Cats will be looking to move out of the bottom three with another win.

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