Allardyce: Sunderland must ‘listen and learn’ more

Date published: Saturday 6th February 2016 5:59

Sam Allardyce: Hailed the efforts of his players.

Sam Allardyce: Hailed the efforts of his players.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was not entirely happy with his players despite the Black Cats recovering from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Liverpool.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana put Liverpool in control at Anfield but Sunderland staged a late fightback with Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe scoring to earn the Black Cats a point.

Allardyce told BBC Sport: “You think your day is over when you are 0-2 down at Anfield. But we fought back with two quality goals and got a point by not giving up.

“It was never say die until the end. When we went two down it looked like the fear had left us and we played better with the ball. We created chances and it was the quality of goals that got us a point.

“We had to make a few changes before the game because of illness and injuries.

“We were disappointed to go 1-0 down and Van Arnholt had a chance at 1-0 and the way he has been playing we thought he would  score.

“Then 2-0 was a kick in the you know wheres. But the free-kick opened up Liverpool and then Defoe had his chance.

“We won’t get goals back like that every game but today it was a precious point for us.

“For me the players have to listen and learn a bit more in terms of how to control a game and then punish the opponents when we have a chance.”

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