Allardyce: Fletcher and Wickham goal record to blame for Sunderland’s lack of wins

FLYING HIGH ... Sam Allardyce.
FLYING HIGH ... Sam Allardyce.

SAM Allardyce feels Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham’s lack of goals this season is the reason Sunderland have turned into the Premier League’s draw specialists.

The Black Cats – who face Allardyce’s West Ham United side on Saturday – have drawn nine of their 15 league games so far.

Fletcher and Wickham have scored six goals between them in the league this term, and Allardyce believes if they had got a few more, Sunderland would be in an even more healthy position.

He said: “(Sunderland) are hugely difficult at home – playing them away has been tough for us.

“They’ve been struggling for goals recently, I think Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher would’ve wanted a few more goals than they’ve got and if they had they would have converted their draws to wins.

“Hopefully we can keep those guys quiet on Saturday and deliver another good away performance.”