Sam Allardyce praises Sunderland's supporters

Sunderland are currently in 18th place in the Premier League table.

Sam Allardyce has insisted to the Sunderland Echo that he still feels that Sunderland supporters are backing their side.

There has been a great deal of frustrations felt around the Stadium of Light about the way this season has gone, with the Wearsiders once again having to battle relegation.

Sunderland seem to be perennially fighting against the drop, and supporters of the North East club have not been afraid to show their discontent at times.

Over the early part of the season, the side were regularly booed off - but more recently the atmosphere around Sunderland’s home ground has become more positive.

The Black Cats have started to put in some excellent performances, and they have been backed to the hilt by their supporters.

And Allardyce insists that he has no qualms with the way the fans have reacted to his team this season.

“The fans have been on-board all season, as far as I’m concerned,” the former West Ham United boss said.

“There was the odd occasion when we were playing rubbish, which we were doing, in all fairness.

“They gave us some stick in those games and rightly so.

“It doesn’t take an expert to see the team playing poorly and the fans are right to say ‘what’s this rubbish I’m watching?’.

“We’ve turned that around slowly, but surely.

“The performances we’ve given have been good, but the fans are as frustrated as well are that we haven’t been able to turn them into victories.”

Sunderland’s improving performances since the January transfer window have offered some encouragement, but Allardyce’s men remain in danger of being relegated.

The Black Cats are currently four points adrift of safety, with their next fixture coming against top of the table Leicester City on Saturday.

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