Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has been quoted as saying by BBC Sport (15:48) that his side need four more wins to retain their Premier League status for next season.
Allardyce made the comments following Sunderland’s failure to win the Tyne–Wear derby on Sunday afternoon.
The Black Cats played out a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United away from home at St. James’ Park in the Premier League.
After the game, the Sunderland boss admitted that his side should have picked up all three points.
“We are a team that has to score twice to win,” BBC Sport (15:48) quotes Allardyce as saying. “Sadly we didn't get the second goal and we conceded late on again. We had the chances to put the game to bed, but missed them.
"Second half, I don't know why we sat in and let Newcastle come at us. Maybe that was the size of the game, but in the end we haven't done that and it's two points dropped. We should have won this one. We need four wins from the last eight, so it's now must-win rather than draw.”
Allardyce also highlighted on Sunderland’s official website the turning point in the game, praising Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot for keeping out Patrick van Aanholt’s second-half effort.
“The turning point in the game was Rob Elliot’s save on Patrick van Aanholt in the second half; that would have been a great time for us to kill off Newcastle, but a brilliant piece of goalkeeping kept them in it,” said the Englishman.
The result means that Sunderland and Newcastle remain in the Premier League relegation zone, and there is a distinct possibility that both could get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Norwich City are also in danger of going down, while Aston Villa look doomed.