Wednesday 18 October 2017

'It was pathetic' - Alan Shearer tears into John O'Shea and Sunderland after 'disgraceful' display

Sunderland skipper John O'Shea. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Sunderland skipper John O'Shea. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea was on the receiving end of a lot of criticism last night on BBC's Match Of The Day.

Sunderland, who have already been relegated to the Championship next season, put in another abysmal display yesterday in their defeat to Swansea.

The Black Cats' hopes of ending a disastrous season with their heads held high were wrecked when memories of last weekend's victory at Hull were erased in painful fashion on Saturday as Swansea left the Stadium of Light with a 2-0 win and three priceless points.

It was Sunderland's final home game of the campaign and with trips to Arsenal and Chelsea to come before the curtain falls, the chances of them adding to their meagre haul of 24 points look remote.

Alan Shearer and Ian Wright tore into the Sunderland players for being 'lazy' and way off their opponents.

Shearer reserved special criticism for O'Shea, who endured a day to forget against Fernando Llorente.

"O'Shea had a terrible game. He plays the ball to Manquillo...just look at this here. I'm sorry, but that is just pathetic. Moaning at the referee, loses a tackle, nothing to get back at all," he said.

"David Moyes and Ellis Short have been criticised this season and deservedly so but the players should be criticised. In that first 45 minutes today, they were absolutely disgraceful.

"There was a complete lack of effort. It was lazy, there was nothing in the performance at all."

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