MARTIN O’Neill hopes the arrival of Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos on January transfer window deadline day will ease the pressure on a Sunderland squad that is being stretched to breaking point by injuries.
But he admits that had things worked out differently he would also have brought in veteran striker Kevin Davies to add experience and muscle to Sunderland’s front line.
The signing of the defenders on loan deals until the end of the season is a massive help to the club’s rearguard and although Kyrgiakos was not involved last night, Bridge (pictured) managed to get a run-out in the last dozen minutes of the Wearsiders’ 3-0 win over Norwich City.
“I just thought getting Wayne Bridge on in a Premier League game for a few minutes was important,” explained O’Neill.
“He’s in reasonable shape, but he’s got a good few months here to impress and we’d like to get him up to speed as soon as possible.
“I’m happy with the defenders we’ve brought in. I thought it was important to get a few in.
“We didn’t really get very far on Kevin Davies, but Bolton never really came back and I was never sure it was going to happen.
“In an ideal world, it would have been great. The players deserve a couple of players to come in and help them and hopefully these two will help ease some of the burden.”