Sam Allardyce identifies one area that his Sunderland side needs to improve

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Sunderland's resurgence halted for at least a while when they lost at home to Watford at the weekend.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has said the side needs to learn to win games even after conceding goals.

All of Sunderland's wins this season have come when the side has kept a clean sheet as they struggled to reply in their 1-0 defeat to Watford at the Stadium of Light after Odion Ighalo struck in the opening exchanges. 

After a poor first half performance, the side seemed to struggle to hit back, even though they created a couple of good opportunities.

Allardyce is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “I think sometimes there’s an air of panic about the team. We only win a game when we’ve got a clean sheet.

“When we’re a goal behind there seems to be an air of panic behind the whole team, a rush, an over-eagerness that we’ve got to get a goal, but you’ve got all that time left. It only takes a second to score a goal and you’ve got to be patient and play and wait and play and play until you get those chances."

It is good that the problem has been identified, now Allardyce has to solve it for a difficult period of fixtures which sees the Black Cats come up against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. 

Sunderland's defending at the weekend fell below the standards of recent games but the whole unit seemed a little crest fallen at conceding early on and it took them a while to grow into the game. He will want his players to respond strongly but with patience and clear thought.

After all, patience can be the best way to turn around a game at times. 

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