John O'Shea

O'Shea's Palace preview

by Stuart Vose

Skipper looks forward to Selhurst Park trip.

John O’Shea is hoping Sunderland can build on their midweek cup win with a first league victory of the season this weekend.

The Black Cats travel south to face newly-promoted Crystal Palace on Saturday – their first visit to Selhurst Park since December 2006.

Ian Holloway’s side have suffered narrow defeats in each of their first two league games and exited the Capital One Cup in midweek.

But O’Shea says the Eagles have already shown potential and is expecting anything but an easy ride with both sides looking for their first league win of the campaign.

“It’s going to be difficult; we’re fully aware that they’ve just come up from the Championship but they’ve played quite well in their two league games so far even though they’ve not got anything from them,” he said.

“The Spurs game [1-0 defeat] especially - in the last 15-20 minutes they made a couple of changes and really went for it and caused Spurs lots of problems. Palace could really have got something from that.

“They’ve got a manager who wants to play football the right way.

“We saw [in the game] against against Stoke at some stages that they can mix it and go forward quickly, but they can also pass it through midfield.

“There’s lots to look forward to but lots to be wary of as well.”

Sunderland opened their account last week with a 1-1 draw at Southampton and were only denied a win by a late goal after Emanuele Giaccherini’s opener.

The Black Cats then came back from 2-0 down to beat MK Dons 4-2 in midweek and O’Shea says returning to producing starts like the one they pieced together at St Mary’s would be ideal.

“We’re always hoping to take an early lead if we can but we know from the other night that we’ve got the attitude and determination to come back and show what we’re capable of,” he explained.

“Ideally you’d like to go a goal up away from home and quieten the crowd down especially and hope you can build on that.”