Sunderland’s John O’Shea pays tribute to boss Martin O’Neill after amazing 1-0 win over Manchester City

Sunderland's John O'Shea celebrates after the final whistle.

Sunderland's John O'Shea celebrates after the final whistle.

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JOHN O’Shea paid tribute to manager Martin O’Neill after today’s stunning 1-0 win against Premier League leaders Manchester City.

City were looking to boost their title hopes after Manchester United’s shock defeat at home to Blackburn yesterday, but they did not take their chances and Ji Dong-won won it in stoppage time.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill (left) celebrates with Lee Cattermole.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill (left) celebrates with Lee Cattermole.

O’Shea said: “To be fair to City they’re a great team and they had a lot of chances, but as a unit we were great today.

“Credit has to go to the manager for giving us that bit of belief to say that we weren’t going to lose this game and he did that at half-time.

“He said, ‘We don’t want to lose this game 1-0 and people say we did okay, we kept them quiet’.”

Midfielder Lee Cattermole, who led the team superbly, said: “We’ve got a spirit where we’re going into games believing we’re going to win.

“We had some bad luck at the start of the season, I think we were playing the same as we’re playing now but we weren’t having that luck in the final third.”

For a full match report and more reaction to Sunderland’s amazing win, get your Echo tomorrow.