MARTIN O’Neill hailed his Sunderland side’s performance in dismantling West Ham United but then confirmed more reinforcements could be on their way soon, with Senegalese centre-half Kader Mangane poised to sign, writes Graeme Anderson.
The Black Cats produced their most dominant display of the season in hammering the Hammers and new signing Alfred N’Diaye got on the pitch and played well as a second-half substitute.
But N’Diaye could be joined by Mangane in a matter of days with the 6ft 5ins defender expected on Wearside this weekend to wrap up a move from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal.
O’Neill confirmed: “Mangane is hopefully making his way over, but I’m not so sure anything has been completed just yet.
“It would be a loan until the end of the season.
“He’s one of several people we have been looking at – we have a number of positions we would like to fill between now and the end of January but we still have a long way to go.”
Although the new faces are welcome it was a couple of more familiar ones who impressed at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with David Vaughan man-of-the-match and Titus Bramble not far behind him as they made the most of rare starts this season.
O’Neill said: “It was a great win for us.
“We got off to a really good start, maybe could even have scored before we did get our opening goal.
“But I thought we played well throughout the game, although from my viewpoint I never thought West Ham were out of the game until we scored our third goal.
“I thought Stephane Sessegnon did great, David Vaughan was terrific and then Seb Larsson has scored a great goal and for the next 15 minutes has not put a foot wrong.
“All around the pitch though I was pleased.
“We had essentially two midfield players – for example – playing in full-back positions.
“Craig Gardner has got used to playing there over the course of the season I think.
“And. Jack Colback played remarkably well in the absence of Danny Rose.”
Despite being on a high with the performance and result though, O’Neill says Sunderland will not be complacent.
“The win was important for us,” he said.
“But anyone in the bottom half of the table still has to be looking anxiously over their shoulders.
“That said, it was our fourth win in seven games and in the context of things it was a very useful three points.”
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