Wednesday 17 January 2018

In-form McGeady sends timely reminder to O'Neill

Aidan McGeady scored at Preston. Photo: Sportsfile
Aidan McGeady scored at Preston. Photo: Sportsfile

Colin Young

Aiden McGeady provided a timely reminder of his abilities to Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with his second goal of the week for Sunderland since his return from injury.

The former Celtic winger, who has yet to start a game under O'Neill in this World Cup campaign, scored against former club Preston North End to earn Simon Grayson's side a precious away point at Deepdale.

McGeady, who was on loan from Everton at Preston last season, was booed by home fans for the majority of the game, playing as a No 10 behind striker James Vaughan. He silenced them with a fine strike on the hour, just two minutes after Jordan Hugill had put the home side in front with a screamer.

It was a less satisfactory afternoon for Preston striker Sean Maguire, marked by Ireland centurion John O'Shea on his return to the Sunderland team, as the former Cork City man was substituted in the second half.

Elsewhere, Daryl Murphy failed to add to his six goals for Nottingham Forest in their win over Sheffield United but played the full 90 minutes.

Millwall's Aiden O'Brien also failed to net and was substituted in his side's 3-1 home defeat to Barnsley.

Ireland keeper Darren Randolph was involved in a late skirmish in the back of his net after Middlesbrough dropped two more points at home. O'Neill's No 1 was one of four players booked in added time as Boro dropped two more points to leave the Championship's pre-season favourites eight points behind leaders Cardiff.

Wes Hoolahan, who sat out Norwich's shock midweek win at the Riverside, started his side's draw at Reading, while David Meyler scored from the penalty spot as Hull thrashed Birmingham 6-1.

Harry Arter missed Bournemouth's goalless draw with Leicester. Before the game, Cherries boss Eddie Howe revealed that the midfielder had not trained all week and said he is unsure how long he will be out. Arter has not played since September 15, missing the Cherries' last two league games.

Southampton striker Shane Long has still to score his first goal of this season but he did provide an assist for Maya Yoshida as the Saints lost 2-1 at Stoke City.

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