Sam Allardyce admits the pressure on the Black Cats to come away with points from Chelsea and Manchester City away and Liverpool at home has intensified.
The 1-0 defeat to Watford left Sunderland 19th in the Barclays Premier League, deep in relegation trouble.
Ahead of the game, Allardyce didn't shy away from stressing how big the visit of Watford was when it comes to survival this season, with difficult festive fixtures to come.
But Sunderland were left wanting.
They now travel to Stamford Bridge next Saturday followed by the Boxing Day trip to Manchester City and Liverpool at home on December 30th before 2015 is out.
When asked if defeat was especially disappointing given the games coming up, Allardyce said: "Absolutely.
"It is almost a demand from us that we get something out of these games now.
"We know how difficult every game is, but we also know how difficult it would be to get points off Watford.
"We created enough chances but failed."
And Allardyce has called on his side to be more like high-flying Watford as they battle the drop.
Allardyce added: "We need to be more like them.
"They can hang on to what they have got, they have two very good frontmen, which is the main reason why they are where they are.
"They keep picking up points, we can't even get that draw at the moment.
"I have won three but lost all the others.
"Two or three draws in the mix to that would have made life much easier for us."