O'Shea: Slow starts must stop

John O'Shea has warned his Sunderland team-mates that they must stop starting games slowly to avoid a season-long battle with relegation.

Last Updated: 21/12/12 at 11:55 Post Comment

John O'Shea: Warned Sunderland they need to sort out their slow start proble

John O'Shea: Warned Sunderland they need to sort out their slow start proble

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

O'Shea is currently captaining the side in the absence of the injured Lee Cattermole and has sent a rallying cry to curb Sunderland's recent habit of conceding in the first-half of Premier League games before finding form later on.

The North East outfit have let opposition sides take first-half leads in seven of their 12 league games since the start of October and O'Shea believes that if they continue to start games slowly, it could spell trouble for the Black Cats.

The Republic of Ireland international told Radio Newcastle: "We keep talking after games about finishing well but we have zero points from them.

"We can't keep saying that and have to make sure we do our jobs for 90 minutes. If we carry on what we're doing, the end of the season will come round very quickly.

"You will always face an uphill task if you give goals away like we did at Old Trafford. When we got ourselves together at half-time we gave it a right go, but we must make sure we do that for every game from the start.

"We know, as a team, we could be doing better and it's our aim to get away from where we are in the table as soon as possible.

"We need to get our consistency back and have stronger home form - that's what will hold the key, but there are some tough times ahead and we need to make sure we stick together. That's when the spirit and camaraderie in the camp will shine through."

Sunderland currently sit a point above the relegation zone, but face difficult games against Southampton, Manchester City and Tottenham before the end of the year.

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Gerrard turned down Euro move

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to sign for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Premier League fixtures on Sky Sports: Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City live on bumper 2015/16 opening weekend

Chelsea will begin their title defence exclusively live on Sky Sports, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City also on bumper opening bill.

Skrtel and Allen to sign new Liverpool deals

Martin Skrtel is reported to have agreed a new three-year Liverpool contract and could soon be followed in putting pen to paper by Joe Allen.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company