O’Shea’s call for Sunderland consistency

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John O’Shea wants Sunderland to take a leaf out of Manchester United’s book as they look to breathe life into their season.

The long-serving Red Devil picked up a string of silverware at Old Trafford and says one of the most important things he learned during his time there was that consistency is the key to success.

“I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but it’s a bit of a cliche because it’s true – the most successful teams are also the most consistent,” O’Shea told the Football Echo.

“And that’s what we need to be in the weeks and months ahead.

“It hasn’t happened for us yet, but that’s what I’m looking to happen here soon because that’s what’s going to see us climb into the top half of the table and stay there.

“When we beat Stoke City 4-0 recently I was pleased but I was already looking towards the Norwich City game a few days later.

“It’s safe to say that I was more disappointed at losing to Norwich than I was pleased to have beaten Stoke and one of the main reasons for that is because you need to string together results to get momentum.

“If we could have got back-to-back wins from those two games, we’d be in the top half of the league now.

“And that’s what the best teams like Manchester United do, they make sure they win a game and if they can’t do that, they do absolutely everything they can to make sure they don’t lose the game.

“Back-to-back wins are what really propel you up the table, but if you can’t get a win, at least try to make sure you don’t lose because unbeaten runs build confidence and keep you ticking over.”

* Full story in tonight’s Football Echo