O’Shea hopes goal is valuable

John O’Shea is hoping his equaliser against Stoke City will
prove to be ‘very valuable’ in Sunderland’s fight for Premier
League survival.

Sunderland recovered from conceding a goal inside the opening 10
minutes and Craig Gardner’s 34th minute sending off to salvage a
1-1 draw thanks to O’Shea’s 63rd minute finish.

The point lifted Sunderland two places up the Premier League
table, but Paolo Di Canio’s side are only three points ahead of
third-bottom Wigan Athletic, who face Swansea City in their game in
hand on Tuesday night.

“I hope it’s very valuable,” O’Shea told Sky Sports about the
importance of his goal. “We have to make sure we focus on
Southampton now.

“It’s a massive game again at home. We’ve got knocks and
suspensions, and we’ll dust ourselves down and go again.”

The Black Cats face Southampton at the Stadium of Light on
Sunday before travelling to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day and
on-loan full-back Danny Rose hopes another win will secure
safety.

Rose said: “The lads dug in deep and we hope it will be a
valuable point.

“I think it depends on tomorrow with Wigan. These two home games
against Stoke and Southampton, we felt we could get three points in
both.

“We hope now to recover well for Sunday, try and win the game
and I think we’ll be safe.”

When asked what had been key to Sunderland coming back for a
point, Rose added: “I think it was patience.

“We knew we would get chances, but with 10 men it was always
going to be hard when they had two banks of four behind the
ball.

“We had to stay patient and now we wait for Wigan tomorrow, and
hope they slip up.”