Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill warns of relegation fight
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill admitted his struggling side are in a relegation battle.
The Black Cats are just one place and one point above the Premier League drop zone after
a 2-1 defeat at Norwich.
"Until you get the requisite number of points I don't think that you can ever think anything else," said O'Neill.
Sunderland have won just two of their last 22 Premier League games
"You need the points, it really is as simple as that. We haven't at the minute got enough points on the board and we have to rectify that."
O'Neill will have been in charge for a year this week
and he masterminded some impressive results to steer the Stadium of Light club away from relegation after taking over from Steve Bruce last season.
"Our position in the league at the minute, with a couple of teams all tight together, would suggest we are in a fight," added O'Neill.
"It is a battle for us and we have to pull through - it was a battle last year and so from that viewpoint I'm hoping the experience they have got will stand them in good stead this season."
Norwich looked comfortable after Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington put them 2-0 up.
Craig Gardner pulled one back for the Black Cats and they piled on the pressure in the second half but failed to take their chances.
"To dominate the way we did in the second half is encouraging, there is no doubt about that," said O'Neill.
"I said to the players at the end that if we perform like we did in the second half we will be fine, we are certainly not good enough to gift goals to teams and be able to turn that around, the top sides are able to do that but we are certainly not a top side."