Pressure is on Sunderland, says John O'Shea

John O'Shea
O'Shea has made nine appearances for Sunderland since his July move

Sunderland defender John O'Shea says the pressure is on in forthcoming games against Wolves and Blackburn, following Saturday's last-gasp defeat by Wigan.

The Wearsiders have now lost six of their 13 Premier League games this season and sit 16th in the table.

O'Shea told BBC Newcastle: "The next game is hugely difficult. We're in the middle of it. We have to deal with it and get on with it.

"We wish the next game was straight away to get it out of our system."

He added: "We'll be looking forward to it and we have to. We have to learn from it as quickly as possible."

League struggle a strange feeling - O'Shea

Home form has been an Achilles heel for the Black Cats this term, with three defeats, three draws and just one victory at the Stadium of Light - the one success a 4-0 win against Stoke City in September.

In contrast, at the same stage last season Steve Bruce's side had beaten Manchester City, Aston Villa and Stoke City on home turf, as well as securing hard-earned points against Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton.

"The attendances we're getting, the fans coming to support us, we know especially at home we haven't had as many wins as we'd have liked," the Republic of Ireland international said.

"It's something we've got to change because if you want to say in the Premier League home form is supposed to be key."

O'Shea joined Sunderland from Manchester United in July for an undisclosed fee, ending a 12-year professional association with the Old Trafford outfit.

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