Sunday 18 March 2018

John O’Shea: We must bounce back against the Canaries

Cormac Byrne

By Cormac Byrne

Sunderland’s stand-in skipper John O’Shea has highlighted the importance of this weekend’s clash with Norwich in the Black Cats relegation battle.

Martin O’Neill’s men took the lead against QPR on Saturday but ultimately fell to a 3-1 defeat at Loftus Road which drew them closer to the drop zone.

The Republic of Ireland defender has called on his side to bounce back quickly with a huge match against the Canaries at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

“We have to pick ourselves up very quickly,” the Waterford native told the club website.

“We had a great start to the game but they got a bit of luck for the equaliser – the ball hit the inside of my foot after the lad had mishit his shot and fell right to Remy who tucked it away.

“They scored a pretty good goal to go 2-1 up but we definitely should have done better with the last goal. Even with the second goal, we could maybe have stopped it beforehand.

“If we'd done that we would have caused QPR a few more problems because the home crowd were getting tense. We needed to be cleverer with the ball.

“We have to front up now. We have a big week and the Norwich game [next Sunday] is building up to be massive.”

Sunderland have nine games remaining this season and currently have 30 points to their name.

And while he says the immediate focus is on the Norwich game, O'Shea is also looking further ahead.

“We're not trying to kid ourselves,” he said. “We've talked about how massive all the games are, not just Norwich, but after that.

“Hopefully we can get an important victory [next weekend] and we will be working hard to try and make sure we do that.”

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