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Big Sam expects relegation battle until final day

The Premier League relegation battle will last until the final day of the season, according to Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce.

The Black Cats are involved in a three-way fight for survival with North East rivals Newcastle United and Norwich City. Just two points separate the three teams with ten days left until the end of the season.

Speaking ahead of Sunderland's match against Chelsea on Saturday, Allardyce said he would be surprised if any of the three clubs could guarantee safety before May 15.

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Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe rescued a point at Stoke. Credit: PA images

Jermain Defoe scored an injury-time penalty to earn Sunderland a potentially priceless point at Stoke.

The Potters looked on course for victory after Marko Arnautovic gave them the lead five minutes into the second half but Defoe made it 1-1 having won the spot-kick himself.

Newcastle's victory over Crystal Palace meant the draw was not enough to prevent Sunderland dropping back into the bottom three but it was more than they looked like getting for 90 minutes.

READ: ITV Sport's full match report here

Sunderland striker Beth Mead wins PFA women’s young player of the year

Sunderland striker Beth Mead has been named in the PFA Women’s Super League team of the year. Credit: PA

Sunderland striker Beth Mead has won the PFA women's player of the year at an awards ceremony in London.

She was also named in the PFA Women’s Super League team of the year.

The 20-year-old scored 12 goals in 14 games last season for Sunderland Ladies.

She also gained an international call-up with England.

Sunderland Ladies' Beth Mead (second right) is interviewed by host Manish Bhasin after winning the PFA Young Women's Player of the Year Award during the PFA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Credit: PA

Watch Beth's skills with the ball here:

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Sunderland win gives Allardyce survival hope

Sunderland's crucial win at Norwich gives the club hope in their bid to stay in the Premier League, according to manager Sam Allardyce.

Goals from Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore clinched a 3-0 win for the Black Cats at Carrow Road this afternoon.

Speaking after the match, Allardyce was pleased his side's performance and said the result gives them 'a little more hope' in the battle against relegation.

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