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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Allardyce's confidence is growing

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce insists he is "more confident than ever" that his side can beat the drop as they head into tomorrow's clash with leaders Leicester at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats languished four points from safety in the English Premier League after last weekend's frustrating goalless draw at West Brom - but Allardyce believes he has seen enough to sense survival.

Allardyce said: "I'm more confident than I've ever been since I've been here based on the performances.

"If we can perform this week like we can perform last week that is all I can ask for and hopefully it will be big enough to bring us probably our biggest three points of the season.

"A win would see us become only the fourth team to beat Leicester this season - that's how big it is for us - but if we play as well as we did last week then it will give us the platform to do it."

He insists any prospective title jitters on Leicester's part will pale in comparison to his own side's issues when it comes to the task of confirming their top-flight status for another year.

Allardyce added: "There's a lot more pressure on us than there is on Leicester with the position we're faced with, but we've managed to handle that pressure."

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