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Back On Track For Sunderland

In what seems to be a new feature on the official site, Martin O'Neill has given a pep talk preview ahead of the Sunderland match.

I say new feature, but he could've been doing this since he arrived at the club - I'm not the most observant.

Anyway, O'Neill has called for the team to put Wednesday's Deja vu behind them and build on our league form, he always praised the team for taking four points from a possible six so far on home soil.

'We have to go out there - put the disappointment of Wednesday to one side - and go and try and win the game.

'We now have to focus on the excellent league form. The Premier League is the be-all-and-end-all in the grand scheme of things anyway.

'Other than the QPR game, I have been pleased with our home form.

'We have picked up four points in two games. Liverpool was a bit of a chess match in the end but we were blistering against Manchester City.

'In the two European games, I thought Ashley's goal against Odense was worthy of winning any game while, with the match almost won against FH, it was always going to be a bit of a tame affair.

'Generally, I have been very happy with our home form.'

Generally we can be pleased with our form overall, it's just grating and frustrating that we still see hiccups against teams we should be beating.

That consistency or lack thereof, cost us last season. The same mental block has cost us the Carling Cup already and 3 pts against Stoke - although given the circumstances you can forgive the Stoke result somewhat.

Anyway back to Sunderland, O'Neill also believes we will see a different sort of Sunderland this time round. Last season was consolidation and survival for them, but this time round O'Neill thinks Sunderland will have 'a different agenda' to the one of previous seasons.

'Survival was the priority for Sunderland in their first season back in the top-flight.

'They have had a habit in recent seasons of coming up and then going straight back down again. It was so, so important that they stayed up.

'I think they made their intentions very clear at the start of last season when the board backed the manager very heavily with signings that kept them in the Premier League.

'This season, their agenda is totally different. They are buying a better quality player and they have spent big again.

'They are obviously thinking very much about European football. And why shouldn't they with the fan base they have and the support they get week-in and week-out.'




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 26 2008

Time: 3:35PM

Your Comments

I don`t think we are off track,We are never going to win every game we play,Going off track would be a 4-5 game run of bad results.We are on track for all of the main goals we had at the start of the season.If losing 2 games out of 11 since the start of competitive action against odense is off track then lets stay off.
lerneravfc
Three points is very definitely the order of the day against the wearsiders, not only to get Wednesday evenings reversal well and truly out of the system, but to send us off to Stamford Bridge on Sunday week still sitting proudly in a top four position. This will be a real test of our character, not least to see if we can overcome a team who beat us last season at Villa Park, and but for a horrendous last minute refereeing decision at The Stadium Of Light, would have achieved the double over us. Get 'em fired up Mart, we dont want nor need a repeat of Wednesday evening proportions.
glensider
Some tough selection posers for Martin I would imagine, but that of course is what he's both paid for, and good at. I think we need James Milner out there from the start. Dont know how Mart could/would juggle that, BUT, we'll be a better team when he's playing out wide right. We need that additional width.
glensider
May i dare to suggest 4-3-3 with Ash and Milner out wide and Big Johnor Gabby marauding down the middle.
50 years a villan
 

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