Younes Kaboul says Sunderland must pull off this unlikely success to have chance of survival

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The defender claims the club now have "no choice" but to beat league leaders Leicester City next weekend after a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul has admitted that the club have left themselves with a huge amount of work to do after the goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, and claims that they must now beat Leicester City to give themselves a chance of survival, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo.

The Black Cats were unable to break down a stubborn Albion side at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with visiting goalkeeper Ben Foster showing fine form to deny the home side.

Sam Allardyce's side instead had to settle instead for a single point as 17th-place Norwich City won, leaving them four points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand.

Kaboul and his teammates would be forgiven for having one eye on a crucial six-pointer with the Canaries in a fortnight's time, but instead the 30-year-old insisted that the club must now inflict a first defeat since Valentine's Day on league leaders Leicester City next weekend.

He said, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo: "Now we need to beat Leicester at home next week, we’ve got no choice. Norwich’s win doesn’t matter. We need to focus on ourselves, that’s the most important thing.


"Big-time, it’s an opportunity missed. If their keeper wasn’t as good as he was, then we would have won the game. But we showed desire, a good mentality and just needed a goal to get the win.

"I don’t think we’ve created that many chances in a game all season [but] it was the goalkeeper’s day. We gave everything, all the players gave everything on the pitch."

The stalemate, a fourth successive draw for Allardyce's side, leaves the Wearsiders with just a single victory from their last 10 league matches since 13 January.

Victory over Leicester, who moved seven points clear at the top with a win over Southampton on Sunday, would be a huge boost for Sunderland, but the clash with Norwich at Carrow Road is likely to be the most decisive fixture remaining in their calendar as they look to preserve their top-flight status for another year.

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