O’Shea reflects on Hawthorns reverse

by Kate Smith

Captain left frustrated by defeat and Fletch injury.

Following Sunderland’s defeat in the Midlands at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, captain John O’Shea believes the team’s luck will improve if they continue to work hard.

The Black Cats dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game at The Hawthorns, before former Sunderland man Stephane Sessegnon pounced to snatch a goal on the counter-attack.

“You come to an away game in the top flight and dominate in large spells and then they score with their first real attack.” O’Shea told safc.com after the game.

“It’s hugely frustrating – we need to turn that possession into more chances and from there be more clinical.”

Sunderland almost grabbed an equaliser late in the second half, but unfortunately striker Steven Fletcher watched his effort blaze over the top before going off injured after Sunderland had used all three substitutions.

 “We had the chance to go one-all in the game but it resulted in Fletch going off injured after having used all of our subs we were down to 10men, “the skipper continued.

“That seems to be how our luck’s going at the minute.

“But we have to keep our heads up, we have to stick together, fight together and continue to work hard on the training pitch and hopefully it’ll turn for us.

“We have to dig deep, the Premier League is very unforgiving – we have stick together and make sure we get a result on Tuesday in the cup and build on that for the game with Liverpool.

“We need to give something to the fans that they can be proud of.”