Sam Allardyce has urged his Sunderland side to rediscover their scoring touch as they aim to reel in their relegation rivals and boost their hopes of Premier League survival.
The Black Cats currently sit in the bottom three, occupying 18th place in the table, and are four points adrift of safety after a run of four consecutive draws.
It’s been a frustrating run for Allardyce, qwho have seen his team come out the better side, but their inability to find the net has cost them vital points in the fight against relegation.
Sunderland face Leicester City on Sunday and a meeting with the league leaders, who have plodded along with 1-0 win after 1-0 win in recent weeks, presents an opportunity to claim what would be a surprise victory for the luckless Wearside team.
And Allardyce has told talkSPORT it’s only a matter of time before their spirited displays start yielding results.
“We can’t play any better than we ARE playing,” the Black Cats boss told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“The disappointing thing is the number of draws we’ve collected during that spell, where we should have secured victories but we haven’t.
“We’ve got the first goal in most of the games and not gone on to win, and then when we finally get a clean sheet [against West Brom last week, a 0-0 draw] we get 24 attempts on goal, 12 on target, a goalkeeper in brilliant form an offside goal in the last minute!
“We’ve never been as consistent in our performances as we have recently. Over the last seven or eight games we’ve only lost once, but we’ve also only won once. Draws can be important to you but as this stage of the season we’ve GOT to get victories.
“Last week was the biggest disappointment of all. Unfortunately we couldn’t just find that clinical touch, even with a player like Jermain Defoe on the day. You would have expected him to score two or three goals, but even he couldn’t quite do what he normally does.
“The rub of the green just isn’t going our way, but we’re playing exceptionally well at the moment.”
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