Sunderland’s Alonso vows: The goals will come

RELEGATION RIVALS ... Sunderland and Crystal palace are among the clubs trying to avoid the drop.
RELEGATION RIVALS ... Sunderland and Crystal palace are among the clubs trying to avoid the drop.
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MARCOS ALONSO is confident the goals will begin to flow again for Sunderland, despite the Black Cats drawing a blank against Crystal Palace.

Sunderland have netted just three times in their last six games after blowing the opportunity to gain a vital three points in the Premier League survival battle with Saturday’s stalemate against Palace.

It was a familiar story of Stadium of Light struggles for Gus Poyet’s men against fourth-bottom Palace, as Sunderland failed to find the net against one of their bottom-half peers for the fifth time this season.

But left-back Alonso points to the near-misses from Fabio Borini and Jozy Altidore against Tony Pulis’s side as evidence that Sunderland are still creating good chances.

The on-loan Fiorentina man told the Echo: “I think we had a couple of chances in the first half and then for Fabio and Jozy in the second half.

“We’ve had the opportunities. It’s just that the ball didn’t want to go in.

“But I think the team played well and we need to take that into the next game.

“We dominated the whole game, it was just the goal that was missing.

“I think we were a bit unlucky because the chances were there.

“We didn’t have any problems with creation.

“But we need to look at how we played, take that into the next game and I’m sure the goals will come.”

While the quality and quantity of Sunderland’s chances is open to scrutiny, there was little question that the Black Cats dominated possession and were the more ambitious of the two sides.

But, after Palace managed to hold on for a point, Alonso admits the result was difficult to accept.

The Spaniard added: “It’s a little bit tough to take, because I thought we played much better.

“We played a lot more football than them, but it’s still another point.

“We have to roll on to the next game now and play with the desire we showed on Saturday.”