Sam Allardyce reveals his mind games with Sunderland’s stars

Sunderland are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

But since Tuesday night, Allardyce has demonstrated his softer side, trying to instil confidence into a team whose upturn in performances haven’t translated into wins.

He added: “I tell the players that they’re good enough and I think they are.

“I wouldn’t tell them that if I didn’t think it, I’d just try and manipulate the team as best I can to get results.

“But since the New Year, they’ve got enough in their locker to get out of trouble.

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