Yann M'Vila explains where Sunderland have lost points ahead of must-win Norwich clash

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M'Vila lists three recent games where he feels Sunderland should have picked up more points as they prepare for a relegation six-pointer.

Sunderland midfielder Yann M'Vila has said the side simply have to win at the weekend when they travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City, in a game likely to determine their fate and status for next season.

Yesterday's 2-0 loss to Leicester City at the Stadium of Light means that the Black Cats are four points behind their relegation rivals - who occupy 17th place in the division - and a loss to the Canaries would leave things looking very bleak for Sam Allardyce's side.

M'Vila is quoted by the Shields Gazette, saying: “We have to win against Norwich, there’s no question of a draw.

“We have to take the points and absolutely have to win at any cost.

“It’s like a derby, a cup final and we have to approach it like that.

“There will be pressure on both teams, but more on us because there’s four points between us."

For some of their performances in recent weeks Sunderland will perhaps feel they deserve more points for their efforts, having not won in each of their last six games. 

M'Vila identified some games where the Black Cats feel they have left some points, which could have aided their bid for survival.

“It’s difficult mentally because every week is the same thing," he added.

“We could have had so many more points when you look at the games against Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Brom. We’ve lost a lot of points."

The thing that Sunderland need to do from now until the end of the season, at the very least, is to have no regrets. Beating Norwich at the weekend would be a huge result for them, and they would fancy their chances of survival if they move to within a point of the Canaries having played a game less.

Sunderland need to show a lot of character and coolness in such a significant match on Saturday, but one thing they cannot afford to do is lose the game. 

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