Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has demanded more from his players at relegation rivals Swansea

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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has demanded more from his players as they put their Barclays Premier League futures on the line again in another pivotal fixture at relegation rivals Swansea tonight.

The Black Cats, poised to confirm the arrival of Senegal striker Dame N’Doye on loan with a view to a permanent move, gave their survival hopes a recent boost by halting a run of five straight defeats with a 3-1 home win against bottom club Aston Villa in their last league clash.

My demand is, and also for those playing on a regular basis, that they all have to get better

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce described that encounter as a “nine-pointer” and made it clear where his priorities lay when making wholesale changes for Saturday’s FA Cup exit at Arsenal.

“There were seven changes but the team was worth £14million that started on Saturday, so it wasn’t weakening the side by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.

“They were players bought for a lot of money, who haven’t played as much as they want and my demand is, and also for those playing on a regular basis, that they all have to get better.”