Sam Allardyce says Sunderland’s players need to start enjoying their football if they are to turn around the club’s fortunes.
The Black Cats secured their first win of the season with a 3-0 victory over arch-rivals Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby, but Allardyce admits there is still a lot of work to be done if they are to avoid relegation.
However, the 61-year-old insists his squad need to enjoy the pressure.
“It’s a huge task for us all and we have got to meet it head-on, but we have also got to enjoy ourselves,” he said.
“It’s depressing that a football club of this size with these facilities has only won its first game in 10. But it’s about enjoying yourself and making sure that you look forward to coming in.
“Of course, that only gets better if you win football matches, but in the meantime, it cannot be all doom and gloom, it cannot be all depression because we will never get out of the problems we are in.
“Every time you get a result and when you get one as big as this, then the confidence grows in the team. But we have not to overshadow the fact that we have got to start playing better.
“As individuals and as a squad, we have got a fantastic result, but I’m sure we can play a lot better and we need to play a lot better to get more consistent results and make sure that we are very difficult to beat and that if we can’t win a game, we make sure we can’t lose it and keep picking points up in as many games as possible.”
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