Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill admitted his side were in a relegation battle after the Black Cats lost 2-1 at Norwich in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
An early goal from defender Sebastien Bassong put Norwich ahead and Anthony Pilkington slotted home a second after 37 minutes. But after conceding a goal on the stroke of half-time to Craig Gardner, the Canaries had to fight for much of the second half to deny Sunderland a share of the spoils.
Whilst Norwich extended their unbeaten league run to eight games, Sunderland have won just two of their last 22 Premier League fixtures. O'Neill said: "You need the points. We haven't at the minute got enough points on the board and we have to rectify that. Our position in the league would suggest just that (we are in a fight)."
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