Sunderland skipper pleased with a job well done

John O'Shea
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JOHN O’SHEA insists Sunderland couldn’t get ahead of themselves by contemplating their path to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Sunderland moved into the last 16 of the cup last night after a second half fightback secured a 3-1 win at Championship outfit Fulham.

The Black Cats will face another Football League outfit in the fifth round, with a trip to League One Bradford City – the conquerors of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

But captain O’Shea says Sunderland simply had to focus on getting the better of Fulham and secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

“Because the draw was made beforehand, we knew it was Bradford,” O’Shea.

“We didn’t take our eye off it though because we saw how well Fulham played at our place.

“We knew we had a job to do.

“We knew we’d probably get a bit more freedom away from home and thankfully we took advantage of it.”

O’Shea admits there was a baffled mood in the Sunderland dressing room at the interval last night after Fulham had secured a half-time lead completely against the run of play.

But Sunderland continued in the same manner in the second half and got their rewards, albeit they benefited from a slice of fortune when Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli spilled the ball into his own net.

“We were gutted we were 1-0 down at half-time to be honest after totally controlling it,” added centre-half O’Shea.

“The goal we conceded was very unfortunate, lots of ricochets.

“From such domination to go in 1-0 down, I’m sure Fulham were absolutely buzzing.

“We controlled the game and the tempo of our passing was very good.

“But then the last pass was just a little bit off.

“Thankfully we got a bit of luck to get to 1-1 and then thoroughly deserved to go on and win the game.

“Once we got the goal, Ricky (Alvarez) produced that kind of goal with very little back-lift, just ghosting past players.

“I don’t think the goalkeeper saw it until it hit the back of the net.

“It was a fantastic goal and that shows the quality he’s got.”