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Allardyce: We can't choke like Tottenham

Sam Allardyce has warned Sunderland not to do a Tottenham Hotspur and "lose the plot" as they attempt to strike a major blow in the fight for Premier League survival against Chelsea tonight.

The 61-year-old Black Cats manager knows his team's fate remains in their own hands with three games remaining, but that may not be the case for very long if they allow the pressure of the situation to get to them.

As an example, he pointed to the way Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs folded mentally against Chelsea on Tuesday to surrender a 2-0 lead and ultimately their remote chance of denying Leicester City the title as a 2-2 draw ended their hopes.

He said: "You saw it in Tottenham, I think, on Monday night when they lost the plot. We can't afford to do that. We have to stay focused from start to finish.

"What happened to Tottenham mentally, we cannot afford for that to happen to our team. We want to be aggressive, yes, we want controlled aggression, passion, desire, commitment, yes. But we don't want to go over the top." - PA Sport.

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