Sam Allardyce says Sunderland players must step it up in this area

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The Black Cats are currently 18th in the Premier League table.

Sunderland’s players have not taken enough responsibility in converting their chances into goal, Sam Allardyce has told the club’s official website.

The Black Cats have been heavily reliant on Jermain Defoe this season, with him having shouldered the goalscoring burden of his team.

He currently has 14 goals in the Premier League and 17 overall, with his manager having already admitted his side would be relegated without him

Their next highest scorer is Fabio Borini with four Premier League goals, highlighting the issue more clearly, and Allardyce says the other plays haven’t taken enough responsibility to convert chances into goals.

“We’ve got to try and make as many chances as we can to win,” he told

“Jermaine Defoe’s got 14 goals in the league, 17 overall and it is absolutely critical he keeps scoring goals.”

“If there’s one fault with our team it’s that the other players haven’t taken enough responsibility in converting their chances into goals. It’s one of the reasons we are where we are.”

The Black Cats will now be hoping Defoe has more goals in the tank as the race for survival heats up.

His side are now 18th in the table after the draw with Stoke as Newcastle United’s win over Crystal Palace saw them move above Allardyce’s side in the table.

They though, have a crucial game in hand to come and will be reliant on the striker again to ensure it is they avoid the drop at the end of the campaign.

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