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Sam Allardyce ought to have been in a rather good mood after his Sunderland side boosted their survival hopes with a win over Norwich City.

The Black Cats stormed to a 3-0 victory in the relegation six-pointer, but before any of the goals had a chance to go in, Allardyce was involved in a touchline fight with Norwich striker Cameron Jerome.

Tension boils

The Sunderland boss was clearly irked after Canaries man Liam Brady appeared to shove on-loan Spurs defender DeAndre Yedlin off the pitch for no reason at all. 

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Amidst the inevitable melee, Allardyce at first managed to restrain himself, but then shoved substitute Jerome as things briefly got out of hand. 

Backroom staff were also involved. It is unclear at this stage whether Allardyce will face any retrospective action for the push. 

Hopefully goals from Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore will have improved Allardyce's mood. 

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Sunderland opened the scoring with a well-earned penalty before putting the game to bed. They still have a lot to do, but if they can play like this every week, they should have high hopes for their survival bid. 

An afternoon of frustration

But for Norwich, the scuffle epitomised an afternoon of frustration. The Canaries were in prime position with a four-point lead over Sunderland, but that has been cut to just one - and the north-east outfit also have a game in hand. 

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Newcastle also won resoundingly, leaving the Yellows even more up against it. Their most famous supporter, Delia Smith, looked despondent in the stands of a tense Carrow Road. 

Nothing is decided yet, though, and there are likely to be plenty of twists and turns in the final four games. 

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