O’Shea sure Sunderland are on the up again

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John O’Shea has no issue with the fall-out from Sunderland’s derby defeat, which continues to dog the Black Cats.

But the Republic of Ireland international insists Sunderland will soon make amends once they hit the winning trail after blowing the chance for a maiden victory of the Premier League campaign in Saturday’s stalemate at Swansea.

There was only modest relief for Steve Bruce in South Wales at the end of a harrowing week which saw Sunderland lose local bragging rights and crash out of the Carling Cup.

Debutant O’Shea understands the flak which is flying Sunderland’s way, but insists it will not sideline Bruce’s men from getting their campaign back on track.

The 30-year-old said: “I’ve not been surprised by the reaction to the derby – that’s the passion of the football fans in the area. Why should they be happy? We’ve lost to Newcastle.

“Because it’s come so early in the season, there’s been a bit more talk about it.

“To be fair, nine times out of 10, we’d have won that game against Newcastle.

“All you can do is bounce back.

“We got the clean sheet at Swansea which is all well and good, but it’s disappointing we haven’t won.

“But the players are focused on getting wins as soon as we possibly can.”