Alonso: Marginal gains can make big difference for Sunderland

Marcos Alonso takes on Everton last week
Marcos Alonso takes on Everton last week
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MARCOS Alonso says if Sunderland can just get the small things right, then they can get big, big results in the five games remaining this season.

The on-loan full-back knows the Black Cats could easily have taken four or even six points from their last two games, instead of the solitary one.

The fractional contact which resulted in a Wes Brown own goal at the Stadium of Light deprived Sunderland of at least a point against fifth-placed Everton last weekend, while the Wearsiders were just a Vito Mannone fingertip away from claiming a famous victory on Manchester City’s turf in midweek.

But Alonso, entering into the last few games of a loan spell from Serie A side Fiorentina, says if Sunderland can just iron out the small slip-ups, they are playing well enough to claim victories.

“We were very unlucky with Man City’s last goal,” said the 23-year-old Spaniard. “We absolutely deserved the win.

“But we just have to keep fighting and get focused for tomorrow and the game against Chelsea.

“We’ve deserved more from the last two games for sure.

“Everton only had a couple of chances, but we went home with zero points.

“At Man City, again we deserved more.

“But we just need to concentrate on the small details which can change the game one way or the other.

“We can’t blame Vito Mannone for City’s second goal, though. It was just one of those unlucky things.

“He was down in the dressing room afterwards after missing out on those two points.

“We knew how important it was for us.

“But the game is gone now.

“We just need to back him now.”

Sunderland remain bottom, but the gap between themselves and safety is down to six points and they also still have a game in hand on most of their relegation rivals.

Alonso said: “We’ve got to go game-by-game.

“We’ve got one more game than the rest of the teams, which is important.

“We’ve got five games left and we have to do our best.

“And we’ve shown during the whole season that against the big teams we perform well.

“We just need to keep doing that, and even more so at Chelsea.”

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