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John O’Shea

John O’Shea

John O’Shea

Reading have hailed the fighting spirit of former Ireland international John O'Shea after he was sent off on his league debut for his new club.

The Royals moved out of the Championship's relegation zone with a 3-0 win over Hull City, their second win in three games.

O'Shea, a summer signing from Sunderland, had not played in the league before Saturday but impressed at centre-half in the win as Reading recorded their first clean sheet in nine league games.

O'Shea will be banned for their next match as he was dismissed for picking up a second yellow card, but assistant manager Nigel Gibbs was delighted with his display.

"He had a cut inside his mouth but there was no way he was coming off. He was excellent - read the game really well and won nearly every header. And he helped the players alongside him as well. I haven't seen the sending off.

"The manager was alluding the other day to fighting for everything - and he epitomised that."

Meanwhile, O'Shea's former club-mate Aiden McGeady stepped up his recovery following a long absence due to injury as he played for Sunderland in their 4-1 win over Rochdale.

McGeady (32) had not played for club or country since last April due to a pelvic injury, but an appearance off the bench on Saturday was his second outing in a week for the Black Cats, who are now third in the League One table.