O’Neill frustrated by poor Sunderland display

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MARTIN O’Neill felt Sunderland should have made more of their man advantage in the second-half of a dispiriting draw against Norwich City at the Stadium of Light.

The Canaries were reduced to 10 men on the half-hour when keeper Mark Bunn handled outside his area and having earlier fallen a goal behind, Sunderland levelled from the penalty spot in the 40th minute.

But while O’Neill was content to be on equal terms at the break, he couldn’t believe how much hard work his players made of their task in the second 45 minutes.

“Our second-half performance was very disappointing,” he said. “With the extra man, we should have made it count.

“It was very disappointing for the number of chances we didn’t create.

“Were we inhibited in our play?

“Given the run we’ve had at the moment, confidence is a bit low even among the most creative players and yes, I think it’s fair to say our performance was inhibited.”

Now Sunderland have a fortnight’s break in the programme before they return to action with the daunting home game against league leaders Manchester United.”

O’Neill acknowledged: “It’s a difficult game coming up but they’re all difficult games.

“My concern now will be that with it being international week, the players who represent their countries all come back to us still fit and uninjured.”