O’Neill gets a kick out of positive show

Sunderland's manager Martin O'Neill.
Sunderland's manager Martin O'Neill.
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MARTIN O’NEILL saw Sunderland’s victory at Fulham as proof positive that the Wearsiders are coming together as a team.

Defence has not been a problem so far in the campaign – the Black Cats boasting one of the meanest defences in the Premier League – but attacking has.

There were signs, though, against Everton last weekend that the flair players were starting to fire.

And at Fulham yesterday, that sparked combined to result in the Black Cats’ first three-goal since March.

O’Neill said: “I think we’re getting there and I was pleased to see us make some wonderful goals and get an away win.

“Confidence is a big thing in football and when you see someone like Stephane Sessegnon score the type of goal he did, you feel encouraged.

“He’s been searching for that sort of form all season. There were signs of it against Everton, but he has built on it in this game.

“Sessegnon had a couple of months last season where he was absolutely fantastic for us and maybe he was unsettled in the summer with all the speculation surrounding him.

“But his family are with him now and have settled in the area and it is pleasing.

“He has been searching for that sort of form and it is great that he is finding it.

“He can strike the ball. He is excellent in training and I’m glad he’s bringing it into matches.

“As for Adam Johnson, my view on him is that it is fine at Man City to be getting 20-25 minutes in matches but it is a much tougher challenge at Sunderland.

“City are a terrific side.

“Here he is starting every match and is having to strive to do more for us than he ever needed to do at City.

“But he is getting there and this game showed that.”

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