Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce doesn't seem to like this scoreline of late

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The Sunderland boss doesn't like more narrow defeats over narrow wins.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce seems to have bemoaned the lack of 1-0 wins from his side this season, and the amount of times his side have lost by that scoreline.

The Black Cats lost out by that scoreline at the weekend against West Ham United, and Allardyce seems to think it could be costly come the end of the season - as they currently sit one point adrift from safety in the league with 11 games to go.

He is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “How many 1-0 wins have we had? Not many – we can’t get a 1-0 win because we can’t keep a clean sheet.

“How many 1-0s have we had against us? West Brom when I first started, Southampton, Watford, Liverpool, Man City and now West Ham.

“If we had just converted half into 1-1s, or even better if we had kept a clean sheet and won the odd game, it would have made a massive difference and it could make the difference between whether we stay up or not.”

Certainly it is something of a problem, especially when it comes to their inability to keep a clean sheet, as Vito Mannone has yet to keep one this season, while Sunderland have managed just the three throughout the campaign.

What Allardyce seems to bemoan is that lack of results that have been truly ground out. They face Crystal Palace tonight - one of very few sides they managed to record a 1-0 against when they met earlier on in the season at Selhurst Park.

It fits in with a lot of what the Sunderland manager has had to say at times this season - there is one particular time where he felt his side didn't draw enough games, which fits in with not being able to come back from 1-0 down on occasions.

Regardless of the scoreline, Sunderland need to get some wins on the board between now and the end of the season - starting against a side that hasn't been able to record a league win in their last 10 games - even if they are finding ways to progress in the FA Cup.

Tightening up at the back and - when they do concede - managing to find a way to take something from the game are going to be crucial tests for Sunderland between now and the end of the season.

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