Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce explains why he is not surprised by Newcastle revival

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Sunderland and Newcastle United are battling for survival.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says he is not surprised by Newcastle United’s recent revival as he points out the money they have spent on quality players in the past 12 months, the Mirror reports.

The Toon Army looked dead and buried only three weeks ago following a 3-2 defeat at relegation rivals Norwich City, yet eight points from their past four matches has seen them climb out of the bottom three.

Sunderland saw Newcastle leapfrog them at the weekend after the Black Cats were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke City, and Allardyce feels his rivals also came in for some good fortune.

“I’m not surprised by them because they’ve spent a huge amount of money and have got a lot of quality players,” Allardyce told the Mirror.

“And they’ve had a bit of fortune today, whereas we didn’t have any with the refereeing decisions. They had good fortune in that Crystal Palace missed a penalty. We could have been in a lot better position had they scored.”

Newcastle have spent heavily on new players over the past 12 months, bringing in the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jonjo Shelvey and Saturday’s match-winner Andros Townsend.

The Tyneside club have plenty of individual quality in their ranks, yet a lack of team work and togetherness up until Rafa Benitez’s arrival has largely been at fault for their current predicament.

One point separates Newcastle and Sunderland heading into the final weeks of the season, with the latter having a game in hand (Everton at home) over their rivals.

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