Sam Allardyce says that Sunderland must reduce the four point gap to Norwich by the time that the two teams meet at Carrow Road in twelve days’ time.
The Black Cats played out a 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday (hardly a surprising result) while Norwich beat Newcastle 3-2 with a thrilling last minute winner from Martin Olsson – a result that Allardyce admitted left him ‘gutted.’
Norwich play Crystal Palace on Saturday, who are just three points above them and in a terrible run of form, while Sunderland travel to Leicester on Sunday. Surely beating the league leaders is a big ask for the Black Cats, isn’t it?
When asked about Norwich`s winner, Allardyce told The Sunderland Echo: “I was gutted because there was a message came through that it was 2-2 with 88 minutes gone.
“At the end of the day, though, it really is down to us to pick up points.
“If we had got three on Saturday I would be feeling very happy and Norwich wouldn`t have mattered so much.
“We know we have to play them and we have a game in hand.’
We all know though that if City can beat Sunderland as well, then those games in hand that both Sunderland and Newcastle have on us won’t matter much. Sunderland play Everton in their game in hand, in the last week of the season and Newcastle face Manchester City.
“What we don`t want to do is let that gap get any bigger.
“We have to try to reduce it before we play them” Allardyce added.
Despite facing the runaway Premier League leaders next though, Big Sam was in bullish mood when asked about the prospect of beating the Foxes.
“We beat Man United here, so we can beat Leicester here as long as we are clinical, and use the right tactics,” he added.