Younes Kaboul on frustration against Southampton, importance of Newcastle clash

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Sunderland let a lead slip against Southampton and have a two week gap in between games, with their next encounter against Newcastle United.

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul has spoken of his frustration after the side let a lead slip late on in the game against Southampton at St Mary's.

Jermain Defoe seemed to have given the Black Cats a crucial win against the sides under Virgil van Dijk struck in injury time to deny Sam Allardyce's side all three points.

Keeping clean sheets has been a problem for Sunderland this season - as they have managed to keep just three - but the point did move them out of the bottom three going into the crucial Tyne/Wear derby at St James's Park in just under two weeks' time. 

Kaboul told the Sunderland Echo: “As a defender, you play for the clean sheets and at Southampton, we had the chance to finish the game 1-0,” added Kaboul

“But we didn’t.

“Of course, it’s mentally challenging after a result like that.

“But we have to make sure that we’re ready for the Newcastle game and put the Southampton one behind us.

“We have to be ready for the derby day and show we can win.

“Both clubs and both cities live for this game, and we have to make sure we give everything for the fans because they really deserve it."

There is plenty of time for the club to work on the game given Sunderland are not in action this weekend as they were supposed to face Everton - who are in FA Cup action.

The race at the bottom is still tight even though Sunderland managed to get that point that edged them ahead of both Norwich City and Newcastle United - who both suffered defeats at the weekend, so if either side can get a win in the derby game, it would deal a huge blow in the fight to avoid relegation.

While Sunderland have the weekend off, Newcastle have the difficult challenge of taking on league leaders Leicester City in their own back yard, while Norwich host Manchester City. They are two huge games that neither of the relegation candidates are expected to win, and Sunderland will hope they are still a point clear of their rivals by the time they return to action.  

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