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Sunderland running out of time as survival mission gets harder

Sunderland 0 Burnley 0

By Mark Staniforth

David Moyes admitted Sunderland's increasingly improbable Premier League survival mission has fallen behind schedule after Saturday's goalless draw against Burnley.

The hosts' failure to capitalise on a series of chances left them seven points from safety and will force Moyes to recalculate his side's route to another great escape during the international break.

Moyes said: "It's not enough - it would have been down as one of the wins in my book, so now we have to turn one of the draws I had down into a win. The players know exactly how much it means and they know we have to win.

"We emphasised how big the game was and they didn't lose - but three points was really what we needed."

Billy Jones and Sebastian Larsson both missed good chances for the Black Cats before Burnley keeper Tom Heaton stepped up to deny Fabio Borini three minutes from full-time.

But Moyes knows it could have been even worse for his side after Burnley had the better of the opening period with Ashley Barnes prodding a glorious chance wide, before Sam Vokes brought a save out of Jordan Pickford late on.

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