Safety ours to lose – Allardyce

Sam Allardyce says Sunderland must make the most of their survival opportunity after moving out of the bottom three.

Sunderland: Safety ours to lose - AllardyceSunderland: Safety ours to lose - Allardyce

The Black Cats, who are involved in another relegation scrap this season, boosted their chances of staying in the top flight with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Jermain Defoe went close on a couple of occasions for the hosts while Patrick van Aanholt clipped the woodwork with a sublime free-kick in the first-half.

The point has lifted the north-east outfit out of the bottom three at the expense of Norwich, although the Canaries are still level on 31 points with four games remaining.

Newcastle United are just a point behind the pair, but Rafael Benitez’s men only have three matches left – against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Tottenham.

Allardyce, who has never been relegated from the Premier League as a manager, has called for one final effort.

“Our destiny is in our own hands now for the first time in many months with four games to go, so we have got to take full control of that, starting at Stoke next week,” he said. “When we finish at Stoke, we have got to make sure we are out of the bottom three.”

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