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O'Shea: Cats must get back on track at Villa

SUNDERLAND vice-captain John O'Shea has called on his team-mates at the Stadium of Light to reignite their season after a run of games where they have failed to register a shot.

Of the Black Cats' six Premier League goals, five have come from Steven Fletcher and the other from a Demba Ba own goal.

The Republic of Ireland international was extremely disappointed with Tuesday night's home defeat to Middlesbrough in the League Cup and is looking for a reaction from his side when they take on Aston Villa at home on Saturday afternoon.

"Chances to get into the quarter-finals of a cup don't come around every week and we've let ourselves down," he said.

"Middlesbrough came with a good game-plan and we just came up with no ideas to break it down. It was quite comfortable for them. We couldn't keep them under any consistent pressure.

"We need to drastically improve on this very quickly because we have a massive game now on Saturday against Aston Villa.

"We have to improve on a lot of things and it will start as soon as the lads come into training.

"We will have a look back at a couple of things but we have to pick ourselves up very quickly. As I said, the chance to get into the quarter-final of a cup is an opportunity we needed to grasp, but we didn't."

O'Shea added: "We have to be creating more chances, especially at home and we need to start playing like a team and that is the main thing we will be working on for Saturday.

"It's going to take a lot of hard work over the next few days but we will make sure that our attitude is spot on, make sure we show the right commitment and we need to score goals and win matches.

"It's okay drawing games but if eventually you keep drawing games then it's a risky game. We are a strong team and we know we need more goals."


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