Sunderland’s O’Shea encouraged by Ireland display

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SUNDERLAND defender John O’Shea was taking the positives from the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with Wales last night.

O’Shea played the opening hour at the Cardiff City Stadium, with Black Cats stopper Keiren Westwood getting a full 90 minutes under his belt in goal, and the former Manchester United man felt his side could have come away with a win.

“We are a bit disappointed not to get the win because we had chances to do it,” said O’Shea, who is set to captain Sunderland in the opening game of the Premier League season against Fulham this weekend.

“Then again by showing that we are disappointed, I think that shows how far we’ve moved on as a team in the last while.

“To come away from home and keep that tempo, create good chances, is very positive but I think we should have won it. Then again, we need to consider that it’s the start of the season and a lot of it was about getting our fitness back.”

Giovanni Trapattoni’s team face a couple of key World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria next month, with all three sides currently sitting on 11 points in their group.

“We are more than capable of winning those game,” added the 32-year-old. “We’re under no illusions that they will be tough but we can do it and we are confident heading into them.”

Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan was an unused substitute for Wales, on a night when all six of Paolo Di Canio’s international players came through their fixtures unscathed.

Winger James McClean, who left Wearside for Wigan last week, played the second half for Ireland.