SAFC v Swansea

'Disappointed' O'Neill on home draw

by Stuart Vose

Boss left looking for more.

Martin O’Neill felt his side underperformed as they shared the spoils with Swansea following a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light.

The sides took a point apiece from a game which featured only sporadic chances.

We’ve got a point on the board and that’s probably all that we deserved

- Martin O'Neill

“I was disappointed with the performance,” said O’Neill, whose side had gone into the match looking for their third straight league win.

“We’ve got a point on the board and that’s probably all that we deserved; I’m not sure that Swansea deserved anything more either.

“However, we were the home side and the onus was on us to try and break the team down - I don’t think we did that for long enough periods in the game.”

Swansea came closest to winning the game deep in injury time when sub Danny Graham was denied by a superb block from defender Titus Bramble.

But O’Neill felt a late goal would have been harsh and declared a draw to be the right result.

“Neither side deserved the win,” he said. “Swansea had the better possession in the first half and I thought we improved early in the second half. We started to apply pressure but just couldn’t sustain it.

“Swansea got back in and got a foothold in the game. Titus Bramble did very well to deny them late in the game and had that goal went in it might have been a little harsh, but ultimately it’s up to us to do better.”

Sunderland and Swansea have drawn both league games between the sides this season for the first time ever and O'Neill admits his side have been pushed hard on both occasions.

“Swansea are becoming more established in the league and have added quality players to their side,” he explained.

“We’ve had two tough games against them this season.

“Their confidence was high following their Capital One Cup victory but then again so was ours on the back of a couple of great wins.

“We struggled this evening and that was really disappointing. I’m expecting a much improved performance against Reading on Saturday.”