Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

O'Neill: 'Naming six subs not making a point'

O'Neill: 'Naming six subs not making a point'

Sunderland forced an F.A Cup 3rd round replay against Championship Bolton Wanderers thanks to two second-half goals on Saturday.

Strikes from Connor Wickham and Craig Gardner rescued Martin O'Neill's side after Chung-Yong Lee and Marvin Sordell had given the Trotters a two-goal advantage.

O'Neill was only able to name six substitutes - one less than is allowed, with John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Stephane Sessegnon, Lee Cattermole and Louis Saha all missing and Ji Dong-Won having left on-loan in the week.

Speaking to BBC Sport afterwards, O'Neill denied that he had merely been making a point to owner Ellis Short:

'It [naming just six substitutes] was not a point whatsoever, it is the way things fell,' stated the Ulsterman.

'We couldn't change it much today because we couldn't fill the bench but we treat the competition with its proper merit.

'We had 5,000 people spend a lot of hard-earned money to come down and support us and they deserved better than we were serving up in the first half,' admitted O'Neill.

Trotters' boss Dougie Freedman praised his side's effort, despite their throwing away a 2-0 lead:

'From a 2-0 lead I'm disappointed but overall I'm thrilled with the result because I thought we showed great commitment and desire at the end to defend for our lives.'

Freedman continued:

'Overall, it was the old cliche of a game of two halves. It was a great tie to watch and in the end we had to dig in and defend - and that was part of the game.'

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:safc123
Date:Sunday January 6 2013
Time: 11:24AM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Stats: Stoke City v Black Cats

All the stats from Stoke City (1) vs (1) Black Cats, Britannia Stadium, 30-04-2016 - 3:00pm Att: 27,667

Team Sheets: Stoke City vs Sunderland

The teamsheets are in at the Britannia Stadium and Big Sam has decided to stick with the side that managed a 0-0 draw with Arsenal last time out.

Sunderland Travel To The Potteries

After managing to climb out of the bottom three in their last game, Sunderland will now be looking to pull off a win in the Potteries that will see the club take another step closer to safety.

Sunderland FC Not Too Bad On The Injury Front

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Sunderland FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Which club will survive?
Suggested By:
Sunderland78%
Norwich15%
Newcastle7%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 35 22 10 3 76 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 35 19 7 9 64 32
5 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
6 Man Utd 34 17 8 9 59 12
7 Liverpool 34 15 10 9 55 13
8 Southampton 35 15 9 11 54 12
9 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
10 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
14 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
15 Swansea 35 10 10 15 40 -15
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League