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Sunderland will be relegated from the Premier League if they rely on other teams doing them favours, manager Sam Allardyce has warned.
The Black Cats had the opportunity to move out of the relegation zone at the weekend but the 1-0 defeat to West Ham has left them are second from bottom in the Premier League, a point from safety, although Newcastle have a game in hand.
Their situation could have been worse had fellow strugglers Aston Villa, Norwich and Swansea all recorded victories, but Allardyce believes it is pointless looking at others and has warned the only way they can save themselves is if they start producing their own results.
"It doesn't matter. Twenty-three points, 27 games - if the season finishes now, we are relegated, so you have got to get to 38 points or better, it's as simple as that," Allardyce said.
"It doesn't matter what anybody else does, you have got to go and do it yourself. You can't rely on others, you have got to do it yourself.
"If you rely on others, you'll get relegated."
Allardyce is targeting a minimum of five victories in the final two months of the season but admits that may not be enough.
"We have got 11 games and we have got to have our best run of the season. We have got to pick up five victories if we can in 11 minimum, and that's 38 points in the hope that 38 points is going to be enough again this year," he stated.