Sunderland switch focus to 'massive' games against Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur

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Sunderland must now turn their attentions to a 'massive' week of Premier League football after their FA Cup exit, says Sam Allardyce.

The 3-1 defeat at Arsenal saw the Black Cats knocked out of the competition at the third round stage.

Despite the loss, Allardyce was proud of the display his side produced and wants to see a similar level of performance in the away games at Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Second-bottom Sunderland are four points adrift of safety ahead of Wednesday night's match at the Liberty Stadium against fellow strugglers Swansea, who sit 17th in the table.

Allardyce said: "I thought we were comfortable for 70 minutes.

"We had the game in the balance until they scored the second one.

"That is the difference between us and them, their finishing and intricate play in and around the box and we couldn't quite hold out.

"Our chances came and went, we got in front but couldn't hold on for longer.

"For 70 minutes though, we were thinking are we going to get the chances to win it or are they? They took their chances and we are out of the competition.

"There were some good performances, the level of concentration I was disappointed with but lots of positives though," added Allardyce.

The Black Cats made seven changes with Jordan Pickford handed his debut in goal.

DeAndre Yedlin, Danny Graham, Steven Fletcher, Ola Toivonen, Jeremain Lens and Sebastian Coates were all recalled to the side.

"We have a squad and the squad did very well," added Allardyce.

"I'm not sure if I'd have played a different team they would have done any better and that is the good thing for me.

"This performance was as good as the performance against Aston Villa. I'm really pleased from that point of view.

"Disappointed we didn't see it out and take it back to our place but we are out of the competition.

"We now have two massive games to try and close the gap at the bottom of the Premier League."