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


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


“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


“We had to stay patient and now we wait for Wigan tomorrow, and

hope they slip up.”