Stoke v SAFC

Boss on vital point

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by Stuart Vose

Manager reflects on tough Stoke test.

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill watched his side play out their sixth draw of the season at the Britannia Stadium.

Following the game, the Black Cats boss admitted he was happy with the point but knows it’s essential that the team start turning draws into victories.

In a game where there weren’t that many chances I thought we were worthy of the point.

- Martin O'Neill

O’Neill told safc.com: “In a game where there weren’t that many chances I thought we were worthy of the point.

“But it was tough. Like every game we’ve played in this season, we were presented with problems that we’ve had to overcome and I think we’re getting there.

“I’m happy with the point after the way the game transpired. Stoke is a difficult place to come to.”

The Wearsiders currently sit 14th in the Barclays Premier League with nine points from eight games.

“I know we’re racking up a number of headlines with the draws, but there’ll be a point where those draws turn into wins,” O’Neill continued.

Today’s point could be a vital one come the end of the season.

“When you’re away from home, not losing is the priority, it’s a point on the board and we need to keep going and build on that.”