Sunderland coach Sam Allardyce has conceded that the pressure is on his side ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Crystal Palace.
Sunderland remain in the bottom three after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Cats showed further signs of promise but another defensive mistake cost them a clean sheet and all three points.
With some difficult fixtures on the horizon, Allardyce has admitted that Tuesday’s game against Palace is a now a must-win clash.
“We must hope that if we continue to play like that we’ll get the victories we need very quickly,” he said.
“We’ve made a massive pressure game for ourselves on Tuesday night when we play Palace at home and then it’s Southampton away.
“We have to pick points up in both of those games because after that we don’t play for two weeks and if the teams around us win then that distance becomes even greater and more pressure comes on us.
“The next two games we have to deliver at least four points, hopefully more, but we’ve put a lot of pressure on ourselves.”