Martin O’Neill, in his first managerial Musings after a Sunderland match, rightly applauds a second half showing full of endeavour, persistence and – finally – the goals to go with those qualities. It was his deployment of Steve Bruce’s players that eventually won the game, and we were fortunate with a couple of decisions, but let us not quarrel with what ended up being the right kind of start …
I thought the players were fantastic today, for this reason and this reason alone, we were a goal behind for most of the game and then suddenly, just as you might be thinking to yourself it’s the same old story, came the second-half performance.
We kept playing and playing, as we know ourselves we’ve had a problem scoring goals and it looked as if that was going to be the case again with all of the possession that we had.
But we came up trumps.
David Vaughan’s goal was just fantastic and funnily enough I’ve just said to Seb [Larsson] I fancied him to score a free kick.
It was a really great win considering the pressure the players have been under. I’m delighted for them.
It was a phenomenal effort and the crowd got behind the team – the players mentioned in the dressing room and how much of a good feeling that was – and it was terrific!
It looked as if we might not get the goal. I’m sure the crowd were getting anxious and feeling that.
Then Vaughan comes up with a sensational goal and the whole place lifted – the extra surge that the crowd gave us at the end, I think, helped force in that second goal.
It was a great goal from Larsson; the shot was very difficult but I could just sense a bit of confidence about him when he stepped up to do it. Just brilliant.
There’s nothing restores confidence more quickly than winning games and you may say we got a little bit of luck with getting that very, very late goal – but we deserved it.
We deserved to win today. I don’t think there’s any question about that, we came from behind to win the game – I couldn’t have asked for any more.
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All the best,