Collymore gives frank assessment of Sunderland’s defending

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Sunderland lost 2-0 to Leicester City this weekend.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore suggested on Twitter that Sunderland’s defending was woeful as their Premier League survival hopes were dented with a 2-0 defeat at home to Leicester City this weekend.

The Black Cats headed into the encounter knowing that victory would take them to within a point of Norwich City ahead of their six-pointer with the Canaries at Carrow Road next week.

Unbeaten in four going into the match, Sunderland had cause for optimism yet they seemingly pushed too hard for that elusive opening goal and were sucker-punched on the counter attack.

Writing on Twitter during the game, Collymore described their defending for Jamie Vardy’s opener as woeful as they allowed England’s most dangerous goal-scorer time and space to pick his spot.

Before Vardy struck for the Foxes, Sam Allardyce’s side were well in the contest and defenders Younes Kaboul and Lamine Kone had an answer for everything the away side threw at them.

However, the centre-back duo were left exposed as DeAndre Yedlin and Patrick van Aanholt pushed too far forward and left space in behind for Vardy to exploit - a key part of the striker’s game.

Once again defensive naivety got the better of the Black Cats, and their defeat to Claudio Ranieri’s side leaves them in a whole heap of trouble ahead of next week’s encounter at Norwich.

Four points separate Sunderland and Norwich with only a handful of games remaining, and one could argue that defeat at Carrow Road will all but end Sam Allardyce’s side’s chances of survival.

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