Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce responds to claims Stoke City are 'on the beach'

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Stoke have been in pretty form of late, and face Sunderland this weekend.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce does not believe that this weekend's opponents Stoke City have downed tools or are 'on the beach' as his side go in search of a big win at the Britannia Stadium this weekend.

The Black Cats are out of the relegation zone on goal difference after a 0-0 draw with Arsenal last weekend, and Allardyce's side will look to put the pressure on their relegation rivals.

They face a Stoke side that has lost each of its last three games in the Premier League - conceding four goals in each of them - and with the Potters currently sitting in the top half and nothing much to play for - some have said they're already looking ahead to the summer.

Allardyce refuses to believe that is the case, and is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “For me, that’s always been something I find difficult to accept about a Mark Hughes team.

“We’ve looked at them in depth and it’s the six or seven injuries to key players which have obviously weakened the side to the point where they’ve lost the last three games quite heavily.

“We have to try hit our best form and if they’ve lost a bit of confidence, then we’ve got to take advantage of that.”

No doubt there will be a little motivation from Mark Hughes and his side to try and prove they are still focused on the tasks ahead of them despite recent poor results.

Allardyce is right to point out that Stoke have many injury problems. According to Physioroom, they rank among the sides with the most amount of injury problems in the league, with seven players possibly missing this weekend's game at the Britannia Stadium. 

Some have suggested this weekend is a tremendous opportunity for Sunderland to pick up points in the battle for survival, but there is plenty of incentive for the Potters to prove a point, even with their recent run of poor form and injury problems that they can record a victory to show they are very much in the frame of mind of playing until the last game. 

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