“What (Watford) have done now is they are safe, they won’t go down,” Allardyce said. “Now, the manager can tell you different — I’m telling you now they won’t go down, there’s no chance.
“If they have a bad run or not, they won’t get relegated on what they have achieved up to now, and I think it’s because the front two are so good.
“We should have put the points in the bag today. If we could have done, 12 points out of eight (games) and 15 points out of 16, we’d all be going home very happy today — and the difference is mega.
“What we have done today has made a mega difference to the problem we now have.”
Quique Sanchez Flores’ men went ahead inside four minutes, when striker, Odion Ighalo, and defender, Sebastian Coates, slid in to meet Allan Nyom’s near-post cross. And a second-half fightback proved insufficient for Sunderland to rescue a point, with Gomes producing a fine 82nd-minute save to deny former Tottenham team-mate, Jermain Defoe.
“For the players, it’s a huge confidence boost and, of course, we’re going to have a tough period during Christmas,” the Watford goalkeeper said.
“We know that this game could be very important for us, so I’m happy with our performance.”
Pantilimon, Yedlin (Rodwell 19), Coates, O’Shea, Jones, Van Aanholt, Borini (Johnson 57), Toivonen, M’Vila, Watmore, Fletcher (Defoe 72).
Matthews, Lens, Graham,Mannone.
Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Abdi (Guedioura 69), Deeney, Jurado (Anya 76), Ighalo.
Oulare, Paredes, Berghuis, Diamanti, Arlauskis.