Sam Allardyce was left frustrated after seeing his side take the lead against Tottenham, only to then capitulate to a 4-1 defeat in North London.

Speaking after the game to Sunderland’s website, Allardyce said:

“To concede 40 seconds after we scored is the biggest disappointment for me today.”

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“We did most things right defensively up until then and we’d scored a superb goal before we went and shot ourselves in the foot.”

“Had we gone in at half-time with the score at 1-0 I think it could have been a different game. We did tire towards the end and our energy was diminishing, but ultimately we’ve been beaten by a very good team.”

Allardyce also spoke about his decision to give a debut to new signing Jan Kirchhoff and switch to three central defenders.

Allardyce said:

“I made changes as I thought our legs were running out and I wanted us to stay in the game, it’s the aftermath of three big away games and it was to be expected.”

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“John O’Shea and Wes Brown are both in their 30s and were maybe feeling it a little bit, I brought on another defender to try and tighten it up.”

“It was [Jan]Kirchhoff’s first-ever game in the Premier League, it had to happen at some stage and it was always going to be a risk, he needs to get up to speed with the pace of the game and learn quickly.”