O'Shea - We Are Ready For The Swans

Last updated : 29 January 2013 By Tott Dixon - Seaham

John O’Shea: “The manager has always spoken about the team and the belief in the squad we have, and the characters in the dressing room.

“We can respond to a bit of pressure and hold out.

"Wigan are under a bit of pressure themselves but they played a lot of good football and kept us under the cosh for quite a bit.

“If we had been a little bit more clinical it would have been a bit more comfortable for us.

"We had some great counter-attacks but we couldn’t kill them off and we had a few hairy moments towards the end.”


O'Neill 'I Feel We Can Beat Barcelona And Real Madrid'

Martin O'Neill is pleased with Sunderland's rise up the table over the last few weeks and wants to keep confidence in the camp high.

He has seen the Black Cats take 15 points from their last six games, catapulting them into 11th position in the Premier League.


Martin O’Neill (talking to the Sunderland Echo): “Naturally I’m delighted, because first and foremost we have won five of our last eight league games which is very important.

“Those wins were necessary. If you win a couple of games in this league, you feel like you can beat Barcelona and Real Madrid combined, whereas if you lose a couple you want to know where the next point is coming from.

“Outside the top four or five sides, who can conjure more wins than normal, it’s the same for a lot of clubs.

“That said you still have to go into games with as much confidence as possible and not let yourself be affected by set-backs. We did that well at Wigan.

“Our form has been really good in the league and the most important issue now is to add wins.

“We’ll go into Tuesday’s game with great confidence again.”


Sunderland Fixtures

Tuesday January 29 19:45 Sunderland v Swansea City
Saturday February 2 15:00 Reading v Sunderland
Saturday February 9 15:00 Sunderland v Arsenal
Saturday February 23 15:00 West Brom Sunderland
Saturday March 2 15:00 Sunderland v Fulham
Saturday March 9 15:00 QPR v Sunderland