Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says fans have seen a change in attitude

Sunderland are now within a point of safety with plenty of football still to play.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has said there has been a change in attitude from the players, which he feels has led to fewer disenchanted fans than he expected.

The Black Cats have been fighting relegation for the entire season, and they have moved to within a point of safety, but they have shown signs of progress in their performances even prior to their huge win against Norwich City.

He is quoted in the Sunderland Echo: “I’d have thought we might have had a few more disenchanted fans who might have expressed their vocal disapproval in matches.

“But they have seen a change in at least the attitude of the team, which was non-negotiable for me. If not, why play football? What are you doing here?

“Going out and playing with a great deal of effort is something the fans expect, and they want to see you trying your best."

Certainly, no one can fault the attitude of the players in recent weeks, and in fairness they probably deserve a few more points for their efforts.

The Black Cats finally got some reward for their decent play in a 3-0 win over Norwich at Carrow Road at the weekend to move them within a point of safety.

One thing that Sunderland fans can guarantee from a side managed by Allardyce is commitment as he has never liked his players to hold back. If anyone is expecting an easy game against Sunderland, even if they are in a precarious league position, then they are very much mistaken.

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