Sam Allardyce has warned Sunderland they must start taking more of their chances in front of goal if they are to avoid relegation.
The Black Cats’ boss has three Premier League games to try and save the side from relegation to the Championship as they currently occupy the final drop place, but are a point behind rivals Newcastle with a game in hand.
Norwich are a point further back on the same games and can pile the pressure on Sunderland and Newcastle by picking up a win against Manchester United in the early kick-off at Carrow Road on Saturday.
However Allardyce is adamant that his side can secure safety as long as the rest of the team start helping out top scorer Jermain Defoe in front of goal in the remaining games to boost their hopes of getting maximum points on the board.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit of Chelsea to the Stadium of Light, he said on the club’s website: “We’ve got to try and make as many chances as we can to win.
“Jermain 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 havenÂ’t taken enough responsibility in converting their chances into goals. It’s one of the reasons we are where we are.”
After Chelsea, Sunderland host Everton before a final day trip to Watford and punters may look to use their free bet to back the Wearsiders to stay up.