SAFC v Swansea

O’Shea reflects on ‘strange game’

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by Kate Morton

Skipper happy with clean sheet but rues missed chances.

Black Cats defender John O’Shea was left scratching his head after his team’s performance against Swansea City at the Stadium of Light. 

Overall we have to be happy with a point on the board, a clean sheet and our unbeaten run in the league carries on.

- John O'Shea

The two sides played out a goalless draw on Wearside, but much more was expected from the game after the Welsh club made the trip north on the back of a Capital One Cup semi-final victory over Chelsea and Sunderland on the back of two successive league wins.

Following the final whistle, O’Shea conceded: “It was a strange game, you had two teams full of confidence on the back of recent results, but neither side really created any chances on the night.

“We were the home side and should have had a lot more shots on goal, especially as we’ve been playing well.

“Unfortunately that wasn’t the case but ultimately, it’s a good point. Swansea could have nicked it in the end if it wasn’t for Titus’ challenge at the end we kept the clean sheet.”

Despite expressing his disappointment at Sunderland’s lack of creativity up front against Michael Laudrup’s men, the captain was pleased with the solid display from the Black Cats’ backline.

“Defensively as a team we did very well,” O’Shea continued. “We know what Swansea are capable of.  They frustrated Chelsea in the Capital One Cup and we have to take confidence from tonight’s result.

“I can understand the fans’ frustrations as they were thinking Swansea were there for the taking but they played really well.

“Overall we have to be happy with a point on the board, a clean sheet and our unbeaten run in the league carries on.”