O'Shea urges Black Cats to wrap up great escape
JOHN O'SHEA wants Sunderland to secure their own safety rather than be left needing a favour from Arsenal, with the Waterford man buoyed by a fine win at Manchester United on Saturday.
The Black Cats' success at Old Trafford, with O'Shea and fellow United old boy Wes Brown in the heart of the defence, moved Gus Poyet's team to a position of strength with two matches to go.
They know that a point from either of their remaining home games will keep them up ahead of Norwich thanks to their superior goal difference, and they will fancy their chances against West Brom tomorrow and Swansea on Sunday.
However, if they happen to lose both matches, Sunderland will be safe anyway if Norwich drop points against Arsenal.
"We're not completely safe yet but we've got the two home games now and we want to make sure that we get the results which mean we've earned the right to stay in the Premier League, rather than worrying about results elsewhere," said O'Shea.
"If we play anywhere near the standard we played against Manchester United, we won't go far wrong. When you come to United you know that they're going to have more of the possession than you, and you know that they are going to turn the screw at some stages of the game.
"They did that to us at times but we stood firm and the way that everyone worked hard to do that made me proud.".