Sam Allardyce planning to work on Sunderland's defensive play

Sunderland have set to face Chelsea at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

Sam Allardyce has told the Sunderland Echo that he plans to work on Sunderland’s play in possession, ahead of their match against Chelsea.

Sunderland were only able to pick up a draw against Stoke City in their last outing, and Allardyce was frustrated with his side’s failure to break the Potters down.

As a result, the 61-year-old boss now wants his players to develop their play on the ball and he is planning to work on that side of the game in training.

"We missed a trick in possession [against Stoke City] as we didn't perform as well as we should have done,” Allardyce said.

"If we had done, then even with the referee's bad decisions, we would have won the game.

"I am going to work on that side of the game this week to break down a very good team in Chelsea.”

Sunderland have previously done a lot of work on their defending in training, and there is no question that it has paid dividends.

The Black Cats had looked leaky in the early part of the campaign, but they are now looking much harder to beat.

Sunderland have lost just two of their last 11 matches, but their failure to convert draws into victories has proven costly.

Sunderland are currently in 18th place in the Premier League table - one point adrift of safety, with just three matches to go.

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