Sam Allardyce rejected suggestions that he was too defensive during Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.
Asked if Sunderland, who face both Manchester clubs and trips to Liverpool and West Ham in their next four fixtures, might have collected all three points if they had gambled, Allardyce was pragmatic.
“Why? Why gamble when we have done it before and lost every single game?” Allardyce said.
“You don’t gamble on situations like that, particularly when you have gambled before and ended up losing three and four and not gaining any points whatsoever.
“This is the first point we have gained from going a goal down since I have been here.
“Winning a game from going a goal behind is something that this club doesn’t do very, very well if you look at the history of it, so to actually get a point is a good achievement from going a goal behind.”
Sunderland remain in 19th place in the table, three points adrift of safety and with only 15 games left in which to rescue themselves, and the scramble for survival is never far from Allardyce’s thoughts.
“That’s just the way it is, that’s the pressure of the Premier League. You say, ‘Don’t do it’, everybody does, you can’t help it,” Allardyce says.
“It’s 24/7 and as the season draws closer to the end, it gets more and more panicky because of the fact that there are this many points left in the games we have got left.
“It always gets worse when you go into single-figure games, that’s even more pressure. That’s why my hope is that we are at least close to level points-per-games when we get to the last eight games of the season.”