Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has warned Everton there is “plenty more to come” from his side after their Wear-Tyne derby win last weekend.
The 3-0 win against their bitter rivals Newcastle United gave Sunderland their first Premier League win of the season and he revealed that he is expecting more improvement from the Black Cats, especially in defence.
“There’s a lot more to come. I will be demanding a lot more,” Allardyce stated.
“We are on the way to sorting one critical area which will help us survive this season, which is to stop not conceding silly goals.”
Allardyce has also challenged Steven Fletcher to earn himself a new deal by scoring the goals that will help Sunderland away from the dreaded drop zone.
The 28-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away in recent times and is out of contract this summer; However, after scoring the final goal against Newcastle United last Sunday, the Scottish striker still has the opportunity of a future at Sunderland.
Allardyce added: “Steve’s like every centre-forward in the end. His hold-up play is very important to you because you can build off that – that in itself allows you to keep hold of possession a lot better – but ultimately in the end, you are judged on the number of goals you score.
“The more and more goals he scores, the more people will say Steven Fletcher is back to his best.
“In his position, it is one of the biggest challenges of his career because he is out of contract. When a player is out of contract and the club is in this position, I just want to see a player like Steven go out to help us to get where we want to get.
“Then everyone gets what they want – a new contract, we are okay in the Premier League and and we try to move forward from there. It should be his target.”
Allardyce also had no issues with Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini seeing his red card overturned – as long as everyone is in agreement that the referee was right to award the penalty.
Asked if he was surprised, he said: “No. As long as everybody agrees it was a penalty – and there isn’t one scrap of doubt in my mind that it was a penalty, as far as that was concerned.
“But in terms of the red card, that one that if it’s been rescinded, it’s fine by me.”