Martin O’Neill had every reason to be proud again today as Sunderland went eighth with what will be remembered as a tremendous team performance to beat Liverpool. In his post-match e-mail, Martin expresses delight for Fraizer Campbell and Nicklas Bendtner, whose joint assault on goal produced the winner …
I thought we played very strongly today – we had to.
It was a game where there were very few chances, but it was very entertaining nonetheless.
The crowd got behind us and stayed with us, which was great – very encouraging.
Eventually, I thought we just about deserved to win the game.
It was probably even but we had a chance and [Nicklas] Bendtner took it and I’m delighted we got the win.
With the goal we got that little bit of luck that we needed.
Fraizer’s shot was blocked by the keeper and the post but Bendtner was there to put the ball in the net.
He still had work to do to get the goal but I’m delighted for both of them; they were great today.
We were without two very influential players, [Lee] Cattermole and [Stephane] Sessegnon, so we had to conjure something else up and all in all it was a terrific effort.
Defensively we were very strong and obviously we needed to be.
I think we carried on from where we left off last week with players really prepared to do battle for the club and it was very encouraging.