Sunderland's Vito Mannone explains why recent draws have felt like defeats

Sunderland have led going into the closing stages against both Southampton and Newcastle, but have failed to get over the line.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has said the last two games have felt like defeats for the side, despite both ending in 1-1 draws.

In their past two games, the Black Cats have been leading going into the closing stages but have conceded late goals to both Southampton and Newcastle United - costing them four points in the process which would see them out of the bottom three.

As it stands the club are two points behind Norwich City - who are 17th - while Sam Allardyce's side have a game in hand over the Canaries.

Mannone is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We deserved more points but it is down to us to see out games to get three points. We were on top at Southampton and Newcastle but the negative thing is we didn’t get the three points.

“It’s funny because in the last two games we have all felt like we lost. We dominated the game and let the opponents come back in and get a point. Southampton was a dramatic one in the last 30 seconds, whereas at Newcastle it was in the last 10 minutes.

“The chances we created and the game we played in the first hour does bode well, but we have to see off games.”

Familiar flaws have been letting Sunderland down, and their inability to keep a clean sheet has been costly on their last two outings, and for over a longer period as they haven't necessarily got the rewards they may deserve following their displays.

Their manager Sam Allardyce has repeatedly spoken about the need for the side to keep clean sheets and tighten up at the back or their task of survival will become all the more difficult. The past two 1-1 draws they have experienced only illustrate that further. 

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