Allardyce frustrated by international break
Sam Allardyce left St James' Park wearing a frown after letting two points slip in yesterday's Tyne-Wear derby, but the Sunderland boss was left equally frustrated by the prospect of a week without a game because of the international break.
The gap in the calendar means Allardyce now has two weeks to stew on another missed opportunity before they host West Brom at the Stadium of Light.
"We have got another goddamn two weeks to wait before we play again," he said. "We had a long wait to play this one when I wanted a game next week. Now we have got another goddamn two weeks for football associations to make money with stupid b****y friendlies."
Allardyce fears yesterday's dropped points, added to the two dropped at St Mary's, could prove crucial to their battle against relegation.
"We end up hugely frustrated with a point instead of three and that makes life again so difficult for us. It happened at Southampton and now it's happened here today.
"But that's four points on the board now and we are feeling like we are going to be surviving and we are going to stay safe. Now we are going to go right to the wire and that's the bottom line."