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Published: 13:01 | 1/4/16

Allardyce proud of Sunderland spirit

Sam Allardyce is proud of how his Sunderland players have come together in their battle against the drop.

The Black Cats are currently 17th in the Premier League table, two points from safety, but they are unbeaten in three matches ahead of Saturday's visit of West Brom to the Stadium of Light.

Allardyce's men looked to be heading for victories against Southampton and Newcastle only for Sunderland to concede late goals to deny them vital wins in their battle against the drop.

The manager is delighted with how his team have played in recent weeks and admits he cannot ask much more of his squad.

"I'm struggling to ask the players to perform better, really. I can't ask them to perform too much better," Allardyce said.

"They've been performing consistently over the last few games, so our consistent level of performance is there, it just hasn't brought the wins that we should have achieved.

"I have still got to try to mentally work on that side of it for the players and hope they can take it on to the pitch and keep performing the way they are, keep getting in front, keep scoring the first goal and try to make sure we can see it out for a win, certainly starting against Tony's team on Saturday and see if we can put a good performance in with a victory at the end of it."

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