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Sunderland threw points away at Newcastle - Allardyce

Sam Allardyce believes his Sunderland side lost points in the Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Black Cats took the lead through Jermain Defoe late in the first half but were unable to hold out for a victory as Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled with an 83rd-minute header.

After the game, a disappointed Allardyce was of the belief that for a second game in a row his team were unable to record maximum points having conceded to a late Virgil van Dijk goal against Southampton last time out.

"We end up hugely frustrated with a point instead of three and that makes life again so difficult for us. It happened at Southampton and now it's happened here today - that's four points thrown away," said Allardyce whose side sits third bottom on the Premier League table.

"But those four points on the board now and we are feeling like we are going to be surviving and we are going to stay safe. Now we are going to go right to the wire to try to stay safe, and that's the bottom line.

"While I can be content with the players' performance and taking control of the game today, I'm a little frustrated about the fact we have not won enough games and again should have won this one and didn't."

Andrew Slevison
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