Sam Allardyce assesses trio's chances of catching Swansea

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Sunderland, Newcastle and Norwich are locked on 24 points, with the next side ahead of them Swansea - six points clear.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce believes that one of three sides currently locked on 24 points will string a few wins together and could pull away from the bottom three in the next few weeks.

The trio of Sunderland, Norwich City and Newcastle are separated only by goal difference, with Swansea City the next side up the road, six points further on.

Allardyce is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “When you look at the table now, there’s no point in hiding it – there are four of us cut adrift.

“Villa are struggling, but the other three of us have got 24 points and the nearest after that is 30-point Swansea.

“We have to get at least two wins on the trot to catch Swansea now, with 10 games to go.

“And that’s in the hope that Swansea lose two games on the trot!

“The way Swansea are performing at the moment, they probably wouldn’t.

“Now we are getting very close to almost must-win."

Certainly, the three sides all need to find form pretty quickly in order to try and bridge a gap to the sides ahead of them. While they can't control the destiny of sides ahead of them or around them, given the area of the table they are battling in, if they are to catch the rest of the pack then there must be some thought that getting a couple of wins on the board can bridge that gap.

All three of the sides have struggled to string a little cluster of wins together in recent weeks, and at least one of them is going to have to find that form if they are to stay up.

Allardyce is right in saying that if they don't start picking up good results regularly soon, then they will be cut adrift.

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