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Published: 10:33 | 6/5/16

Allardyce to keep up with Newcastle result

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will keep tabs on Newcastle's game at Aston Villa to ensure he makes the right decisions during his side's meeting with Chelsea.

All three teams battling to beat the drop are in action on Saturday with Norwich facing Manchester United in the lunchtime kick-off before Sunderland and Newcastle both kick off at 3pm.

Allardyce is targeting a win against Chelsea but admits his game plan is likely to be influenced by the scoreline at Villa Park.

"I want to know what’s happening. Definitely," said Allardyce. "In all honesty, I’ve never had to worry about this too much in my career in the Premier League.

"But I did at Blackburn and I did at Bolton, in the second year there. This is the third time round with Sunderland.

"I haven’t been in this position very often in the last 12-14 years, but I have experienced it so keeping a link on what’s happening elsewhere may have an influence on my decision-making process going into the final throws of the game.

"You’ve got to know whether you’ve got to go for the game or protect what you’ve got.

"Every manager’s substitutions are very important. They can have a detrimental as well as a positive effect and that’s where you earn your money on a Saturday.

"They have to have a positive effect more often than a negative, otherwise you lose your job. It’s that simple.

"Your decision-making process on a match-day is critical to the team’s performances and results."

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