No need to panic - O'Shea

BY foxsports • September 29, 2011

The Black Cats travelled to Norwich on Monday night with high hopes having finally secured their first win of the season with a 4-0 demolition of Stoke. However, they returned on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline with defensive errors having allowed the promoted Canaries to claim their second successive Premier League victory. That has heaped the pressure back on manager Steve Bruce and his players, although O'Shea, who captained the team at Carrow Road in the absence of Lee Cattermole, does not believe they need to start all over again. O'Shea told the Journal: "I wouldn't say it is back to square one. It is disappointing and we are not trying to hide the fact. "We went to Norwich very confident of getting the three points, but we didn't perform well enough. "We are not creating too many clear-cut chances, we are not testing out back fours either. "We know we need to improve, but the players and everyone behind the scenes are working hard to make it happen. "The consistency is what we need to find now. Some of the performances have been so good and others have been so bad. "We have to find that level we know the players are capable of. There is no better opportunity than at home to West Brom." The Black Cats will entertain the Baggies sitting in 14th place in the table and just a point clear of the drop zone. Bruce could have a further problem this weekend if defender Titus Bramble is not available to him. The 30-year-old central defender was due to meet his manager and chairman Niall Quinn today after being released on police bail following his arrest over allegations of sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug. If Bramble does not play, Bruce could re-introduce Michael Turner following his return from injury, or move O'Shea into the middle and employ an emergency right-back.

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