Sam Allardyce should practice what he preaches after ordering players not to 'do a Tottenham'

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players not to 'do a Tottenham Hotspur' when they take on Chelsea this Saturday.

The 18th placed Black Cats are one point behind bitter rivals Newcastle United and a point above Norwich City in a three-way battle to avoid joining Aston Villa in the Championship.

Both Allardyce's side and the Canaries have a game in hand over the Magpies as the relegation race intensifies.

The pressure is on for players, managers and fans involved.

Signs of what the pressures at both ends of the Premier League table can do to teams were on show as Chelsea ended Spurs' title hopes by coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 on Monday night.

Cracking under pressure

The feisty affair saw Spurs end the match with nine players booked while both clubs have been charged and Moussa Dembele facing a ban.

Now Allardyce, the former manager of Spurs' London rivals West Ham, has urged his players not to fall in the same trap when speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with deposed champions Chelsea - as reported by the likes of Sky Sports.

"You saw it in Tottenham, I think, on Monday night when they lost the plot," Allardyce said.

"We can't afford to do that. We have to stay focused from start to finish.

"Tottenham lost a goal then lost the plot mentally, so then all of a sudden, all the talent they have in that side just went by the way and they ended up not only losing the game."

Practice what you preach

Ironically Allardyce himself got involved in an altercation when his side won their six-pointer against Norwich recently.

In a game Sunderland could barely afford to lose, they dragged Norwich back into the relegation mix with a 3-0 win but only after Allardyce found himself at the centre of a 15-man touch-line shoving match after Norwich’s Robbie Brady had pushed DeAndre Yedlin off the pitch and into the advertising hoardings.

The towering former centre back squared up to Canaries striker Cameron Jerome before order was eventually restored.

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