Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri Scores Directly From A Corner Vs

Moyes is not believed to be in danger of losing his job, even if Sunderland go down, as the North East club have faith in his managerial ability.

It may prove to be too little, too late for the Black Cats and manager David Moyes but opposite number Slaven Bilic was left fuming after seeing his side twice pegged back.

Fabio Borini came off the bench to give bottom-placed Sunderland a faint Premier League lifeline by clinching a 2-2 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

Moyes, meanwhile, has made it clear he has no intention of resigning and is determined to rebuild Sunderland in the second tier while challenging for immediate promotion.

"No-one is happy at the football club at the minute because of the position we're in".

His critics' riposte is that his tactics have been unimaginatively one-dimensional and his prolonged marginalisation of Wahbi Khazri, arguably Sunderland's most gifted individual, self-destructive.

David Moyes' side are nine points from safety with just six games remaining after a frustrating afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

Mounting tensions within the dressing room and a squad less united than in previous relegation battleshave been significant factors in Sunderland's increasingly unlikely attempts to add to their collection of great escapes, Fabio Borini has admitted.

Substitute Borini pounced on an error by Randolph to spare Sunderland another defeat, but they couldn't snatch a valuable victor despite Byram's dismissal for a second booking in 10 minutes of stoppage-time.

Afterwards Borini revealed that there had been behind-the-scenes tensions within the squad this term.

It was Khazri's first goal of the season, and ended a wait of 701 minutes for a Sunderland goal that stretched all the way back to Jermain Defoe's final effort in February's win at Crystal Palace.

"I know we will solve this problem before the end of the season". They now sit at the bottom of the Premier League table with 20 points, 10 away from the safe zone.

Andre Ayew's run into the box was not tracked for the opener just five minutes in, while James Collins stalled Sunderland's growing momentum when he headed home unmarked from a corner two minutes into the second period. Supporters say the manager must go. "Managers not doing well, teams not doing well, they deserve to take their frustrations out on somebody and almost always, it's the manager".

"I don't think the crowd turned against the manager - not the way I've seen other managers treated", he said. I have to accept it.

Asked further if the criticism made him question himself, he replied: "No, I just keep in mind to myself that I think I have got the third or fourth-best win record in the Premier League".

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