Allardyce slams M’Vila mistake

Sam Allardyce has criticised Yann M'Vila for giving away a penalty in Sunderland's 1-0 defeat to Southampon and insists the team must cut out their mistakes.

M'Vila recklessly brought down Ryan Bertrand in the box, allowing Dusan Tadic to convert from the spot and give the Saints a narrow win at the Stadium of Light.

The result means Allardyce's side have slipped four pints behind rivals Newcastle in 17th place and the former Magpies manager says there was no need for the Frenchman to go to ground.

"I felt comfortable when I saw Yann running out there," Allardyce is quoted as saying by the Chronicle Live. "I just thought, 'this is going to be all right, there's no threat here'.

"And then it was 'oh ****…no please, don't go to ground'. Then you look at the referee and it sickens you even more when you see him pointing to the spot. He didn't need to do it and we have to cut out those things.

"We can’t seem to get it out of our make-up of making a silly mistake at some stage of the game. It cost us on Saturday, which was a great shame based on how well the team defended."