O’Neill hails ‘terrific effort’

by Kate Smith

Manager delighted with three-star show.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was a happy man after watching his side romp to a convincing home victory over West Ham United. 

We got started early and put them under pressure.

- Martin O'Neill

Sebastian Larsson, Adam Johnson and James McClean all got on the scoresheet as the Black Cats notched their fourth league win in seven games.

Following the game a delighted Martin O’Neill told “It was a great performance from start to finish.

“We got started early and put them under pressure.”

Larsson opened the scoring in an emphatic style with a thunderous left-footed shot in the 12th minute.

“Seb’s was a magnificent strike,” O’Neill continued, “I think it was vital for us because we were dominating proceedings at that stage and just looking for the breakthrough and when it came, it came in great fashion.

“Our second goal very important, we were 1-0 up at the break and I thought we should have had more. West Ham were looking dangerous.

“[Adam] Johnson’s goal came at an important time and then the third one killed it off.”

The manager also handed new signing Alfred N’Diaye his Sunderland debut with a cameo appearance with 10 minutes to, O’Neill believes his arrival boosted the team after of today’s game.

“I think the players have had a lift with Alfred coming to the football club and they had a renewed energy,” he added.

“Four league wins out of seven is very good for us, we’ve a long way to go but there’s plenty to digest and enjoy after that result.

“The team are buoyant and now we look to the game with Bolton, it’s a great chance for us to progress in the FA Cup and we’ll take it head on.”