Billy Jones: Sunderland's goal difference could cost us

Sunderland have the second-worst goal difference in the Premier League.

Sunderland defender Billy Jones has told the Chronicle that the Premier League relegation fight could come down to goal difference.

Sunderland are locked in a basement battle with a number of other teams, and Jones thinks that the survival scrap could go right down to the wire.

That could be bad news for the Black Cats - who have the worst goal difference of any team other than rock-bottom Burnley - and Jones admits that is a concern for the side.

“Unfortunately, that is the case," he said. “Looking at the league, as everyone is at the moment, you see our goal difference and a large part of it is down to those three games.

“Too many goals went in in those games which could have been prevented as a collective, and that is disappointing."

Sunderland's goal difference is so bad because they have allowed themselves to be thrashed on too many occasions.

An 8-0 defeat to Southampton, a 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace and a 4-0 hammering from Aston Villa has left their goals against column damaged, and it may be that these defeats end up costing them in the long-run.

Sunderland are currently in the bottom three and, as they are unable to rely on goal difference to keep them safe, they are in desperate need of victories.

The Black Cats have only five games remaining and if they cannot start winning soon, then they may fall into the Championship.

Their next opportunity to starting turning the corner arrives on Saturday when Southampton visit the Stadium of Light.

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