Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v Chelsea

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The King Power Stadium

Last Game

Leicester 0 - 0 S'land

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

O'Neill: It'll be tough going

Martin O'Neill says Sunderland will have to be at their best to counter an in-form Reading side on Saturday.

Last Updated: 02/02/13 at 18:33 Post Comment

Martin O'Neill: Reading full of confidence

Martin O'Neill: Reading full of confidence

The Royals have lost just one of their last six Premier League games and, on Wednesday, netted a brace of late goals to secure a 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

That point moved them out of the relegation zone and the Black Cats travel to the Madejski Stadium this weekend to face Reading for whom Adam Le Fondre was on target twice against the Blues in midweek.

And O'Neill said: "That was a big, big result for them and they've had some amazing ones recently, pulling games out of the fire when they looked beaten.

"Wednesday is a case in point. Reading never give up and it will be a difficult task for us.

"Their win over West Bromwich Albion (in mid-January) was remarkable, coming back from two goals down to win the game late on.

"That gave them great confidence to keep going and they will feel as if they can get out of trouble.

"In the bottom half of the table every one of us is chasing those elusive results. I'm hoping we can put a proper performance together.

"Hopefully we can return to the form we showed against Wigan, which wasn't so long ago."

Meanwhile, O'Neill is confident new signing Danny Graham will be a hit on Wearside despite the misgivings of some fans.

O'Neill said of the boyhood Newcastle fan:"In the scheme of things, it's how Danny does for the football club that will determine everything else.

"I have got really no doubts that he will score goals and he will prove a great buy."

Graham's signing from Swansea follows in the footsteps of midfielder Alfred N'Diaye and defender Kader Mangane, who will spend the rest of the season on loan from Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal.

O'Neill was happy with the business he did and is expecting to see a return on his investment.

He said: "I am pleased. I think Alfred N'Diaye will eventually - when he learns the game in the sense of the things we expect of him to do that might be a little bit different to his previous club - will be excellent for us.

"I think Danny will do well and score a few goals as well, which will help and big Mangane, if he gets an opportunity, I am sure between now and the end of the season will prove some value as well."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

eanwhile, England's best U21 players playing with those most likely to be in the senior team from 2020 onwards might increase their chances in those tournaments to a point where they could actually be potential winners. Unlike 2016.

shagwa
Wenger warns Hodgson

I

m not a doctor, but the cause is likely to be crap dancing after scoring. My prognosis is we may need to take that leg off.

GVMUFC
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

F

or the time being we just have to focus on the players we do have, Rodgers said. We have to make the best of what is available. Jesus wept!

rodger's gusset
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

Footer 365

Ligue 1: Lyon held by Bastia, Monaco grind out a point, Rennes climb

Lyon missed out on the opportunity to leapfrog Marseille in to second place in Ligue 1 as they were held 0-0 by Bastia.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by loss to Man United

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists his side should have got something from their 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Premier League: Van Gaal stays grounded after first away win propels United into the top-four

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal played down his side’s first away win of the season at Arsenal.

Mail Box

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

United Fans Would Gladly Take Wilshere

That's the message to any Arsenal fans who don't appreciate the midfielder. Plus, plenty on everyone's current favourite football club chairman and a wee question about fandom...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property