Sam Allardyce wary of Stoke threat as Sunderland look to heap more misery on wounded Potters

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes

Sam Allardyce has warned his Sunderland squad to be wary of the threat posed by a wounded Stoke City.

The Black Cats travel to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday looking to build on the point against Arsenal that saw them climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.

They face a stoke side that has won just one of their last seven, with Mark Hughes' side conceding four goals in each of their last three games.

But they remain 10th in the Premier League and Allardyce is predicting Stoke to turn their recent fortunes around sooner rather than later.

He said: "I’ve known Mark [Hughes] for many, many years through my work in the Premier League and he also played in my era, and he will not be a happy man believe you me.

"I think everybody can see that from the expression on his face sat on the bench last weekend.

"But they were three big, big teams the played against - Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City – and we don’t have anything like the size of squad and haven’t spent the size of money they have.

"What we are is in good form at the moment and if play anything like we did at Norwich we will give them one hell of a game.

"But I would expect Mark will have Stoke really revved up and he will want to stop this very poor run of performances.

"It could spoil what has been an exceptional season for him because the fans are starting to ask what’s gone wrong and what’s happened, and on what they’ve achieved this year that would be a shame.

"But I do hope they’re as bad as they have been in the last three games," he told the club's website.