1 – Points not plaudits
They say successful teams are those that win games in which they don’t play well. If the opposite is true, then heaven help Sunderland.
Big Sam’s probably right that Sunderland deserved to win their last three away games but instead of amassing nine points, they picked up just two.
It’s points that win prizes, not performances.
2 – No clean sheets
Allardyce probably changes his bed linen on a daily basis.
The man’s obsessed about clean sheets but he’s not getting them from his players.
Sunderland have kept just three all season, the last on November 28.
As he says himself, it’s hard to win football matches when you need to score twice in every game.