John O'Shea

Skipper happy to see goals shared

by Kate Smith

O’Shea pleased with goalscorers.

After watching three separate players get their names on the score sheet in the win over West Ham United, John O’Shea admitted that it was something he is hoping to see a lot more of. 

It was nice to see the goals spread around the team.

- John O'Shea

Steven Fletcher is Sunderland’s top scorer with eight goals so far this term and O’Shea believes it’s good for other players to start putting away their chances in front of goal to take the burden off the striker.

After the game O’Shea said: “It was nice to see the goals spread around the team - that takes the pressure off Steven Fletcher a little bit.

“Fletch did brilliantly against the big lads today – he won so many headers and worked his socks off.” O’Shea continued.

“He nearly scored today and probably thinks he should have put the ball away before Johnson scored, but overall I think the whole team was great today.

“Our performance was very good. We really put the pressure on West Ham and created lots of chances – we probably should have been in the lead long before Seb [Larsson] scored.

“But when he did it was a cracking goal, we all know what he’s capable of, but for him to do that with his left foot – it was a fantastic goal and a great confidence boost.”

The defender concluded: “It was a convincing win today, we were creating chances and I think we maybe could have won it by more, but West ham put up a tough test and Simon Mignolet did well to keep them at bay.”