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Sunderland are in trouble, says Sam Allardyce after Southampton loss

By Staff Reporter

Sam Allardyce has admitted that he has a "mammoth" task on his hands to prevent "relegation favourites" Sunderland from slipping out of the Premier League.

The 61-year-old saw his side slip to the third defeat of his four-game reign as they were beaten 1-0 by Southampton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

They remain entrenched in the bottom three with just six points from their opening 12 games and Allardyce (pictured) does not accept that he has much time to turn things around.

"We are relegation favourites because we are in the bottom three and getting out of the bottom three is a long haul now," he said. "When you have got fewer points than games, as many fewer points than games as we have got, then we have got a mammoth task just to get out of the trouble we are in at the moment.

"It's going to be a long haul to get where we need to get.

"What I want to try to do is not have one of those end-of-the-season desperations that this club has become used to over the last four years, where if you don't win four out of the last six you are going to get relegated.

"Now is the time to start winning and drawing, not the last six games of the season, right now, starting next game," he added.

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