'What more can we do?' Sam Allardyce left frustrated after Sunderland fail to capitalise

Time is running out for Sunderland AFC
Time is running out for Sunderland AFC

Sam Allardyce was left to rue what might have been after his Sunderland side failed to capitalise on a dominant display against West Bromwich Albion.

Sunderland dominated the possession and carved out several great openings but the outstanding Ben Foster stood in their way.

Jermain Defoe, Fabio Borini and Jan Kirchhoff all went close but in the end Sunderland had to settle for a point and a first clean sheet since November.

Allardyce hailed the display from his side as the best under his stewardship and said his players couldn't have given anymore as they battle the drop.

"I don't know what else we can do or what else I can say," said a frustrated Allardyce.

"Without any question that was the best performance for 90 minutes since I have been here.

"One of the difficulties today was breaking down West Bromwich Albion's defensive unit as they are marshalled so well by their manager.

"It made life very difficult for us to break down. Yet we could do that time after time but there was a guy in the goal that stopped us scoring two or three goals today.

"When we finally thought the God's were looking down on us, we were offside.

"It has been a hugely frustrating afternoon but I can do nothing but heap praised on the players.

"They broke down a West Brom side that played four centre halves and four midfield players to stop us trying to get chances.

"We can't create any more than we have or do any more to win a game. We kept that very important clean sheet at the other end that I was looking for.

"I believe and I hope the players do, that if they keep playing like that then they will win more than they will draw or lose.

"And that has to start with Leicester next week."