DAVID Vaughan has hailed the impact of midfield partner Lee Cattermole since returning to Sunderland’s starting XI.
Vaughan has developed an eye-catching double-act with skipper Cattermole, who has excelled after returning to the side after missing O’Neill’s first game with a ban.
“Since coming back from his suspension, Lee has come into the side and done really well,” said Vaughan.
“He’s been in good form and that has been recognised, with people giving him some deserved credit for his performances.
“And because Lee likes to sit a bit deeper, it has given me the freedom to get forward.”
Sunderland are unbeaten at home under O’Neill and will be looking to extend that run when Swansea travel to the North East this weekend.
And Vaughan reckons the fans have played their part in turning the Stadium of Light into a fortress.
The former Blackpool man added: “The support has been brilliant since the new manager came in.
“If you win a few games, the supporters will get right behind you and I’m sure they will be behind us once again this weekend, so hopefully we can put in another good performance.”