SAFC V Swansea

O'Neill on away point

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by Stuart Vose

O'Neill reviews draw at Swansea.

Martin O'Neill felt a point at Swansea was a useful result as several of his stars continued to build their fitness.

Steven Fletcher scored twice either side of a Wayne Routledge strike to give Sunderland a 2-1 lead only for Michu to equalise midway through the second half.

Chico Flores was then sent off for a foul on Louis Saha and the Black Cats held off a late City push to bag a point.

When Swansea went down to 10 men I thought that might have been our opportunity to apply a little bit more pressure but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that.

- Martin O'Neill

The likes of Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon, both of whom had disrupted pre-seasons through injury, came through unscathed, much to O'Neill's delight.

“When Swansea went down to 10 men I thought that might have been our opportunity to apply a little bit more pressure but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that,” he said afterwards.

“We didn’t cause them any problems inside their penalty area for the last 10-15 minutes.

“Swansea are a fine footballing team and when we look back on the match we’ll be able to pick out some things that we should have done better.

“It’s our second league game and it was only Steven Fletcher’s first and even though he’s lacking fitness I thought he did exceptionally well.

“Stephane Sessegnon is in the same boat and I don’t think you can afford to have that many players playing in the Barclays Premier League that aren’t fully fit.

“That fitness will come over the next couple of weeks - and then it should be fun.”