Martin O'Neill

O'Neill's Norwich preview

by Andrew Lisgo

Boss looks ahead to Sunday's action.

Martin O’Neill is relishing a difficult assignment as his Sunderland side head to Norwich this weekend.

The Black Cats travel to Carrow Road looking for back-to-back wins on the road following the 3-1 victory over Fulham a fortnight ago.

O’Neill returns to the club where he enjoyed two playing spells this weekend and is impressed by the way Sunday’s opposition have performed in recent weeks.

“Chris [Hughton] has come in and done very well,” he said. “He is an excellent young manager and his record in recent seasons has been very good.

“Norwich have a bit of solidity about them now. They were conceding goals early on in the season but seem to have rectified that. They are on a very good run at the moment.”

The Canaries are unbeaten in their last seven outings, but after two positive displays on the road against Everton and Fulham in recent weeks for Sunderland, O’Neill is positive ahead of the trip to face Chris Hughton’s side.

“I think that performances away from home all season have been pretty strong,” he added.

“The only time we really were well and truly beaten was away at Manchester City and we’ve always been in every single away game right up to the end, whether we have lost or not, so I think that we should take good heart from that.

“Now we have to be very positive, very strong and try and get something from the game.”

Throughout his managerial career, O’Neill has come up against his former club on just four occasions but boosts a strong record against the Canaries.

He recorded  two wins as Leicester City boss and most recently claimed a victory with Sunderland in the 3-0 home win over City at the Stadium of Light last season.