Mar 31, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
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Sam Allardyce: 'Pressure is on Sunderland'

Sam Allardyce manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Britannia Stadium on March 15, 2014
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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes that the pressure is on Sunderland ahead of tonight's (Monday) Premier League encounter between the teams.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has claimed that the pressure is on Sunderland ahead of tonight's (Monday) Premier League encounter between the teams at the Stadium of Light.

The Hammers travel to the North East eight points clear of the relegation zone while the Black Cats sit four points from safety with two games in hand.

Despite admitting that Gus Poyet has "done a fantastic job" since taking charge of Sunderland in October, Allardyce believes that the team may find it hard to stay in the top flight.

"In the position they are in now, the games are running out. They have games in hand due to their fantastic run to the League Cup final and when you are catching those games up at this stage of the season, it is difficult and puts that added bit of pressure on them," he told West Ham's official website.

"Everybody goes around saying 'If you win this game or that game you are going to be safe' but points in the bag are more important than games in hand at this stage of the season. I think it puts a little extra pressure on them, knowing they need to win those games to get out of the bottom three and out of trouble. That may tell in the end.

"Gus Poyet has done a fantastic job since he's been there and the effort from their players and him have been great in terms of trying to get out of the position he started from. It just goes to show how difficult it is to get out of that situation after a bad start."

West Ham and Sunderland drew 0-0 when the sides met at Upton Park in December.

Manager Gus Poyet of Sunderland gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013
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