O’Neill can’t wait for Sunderland v Morecambe Capital One Cup clash

BROLLY BAD SHOW: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill (left)  shares an umbrella with Reading boss Brian McDermott

BROLLY BAD SHOW: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill (left) shares an umbrella with Reading boss Brian McDermott

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THE postponement of Sunderland’s Premier game against Reading will not affect the club’s preparations for tomorrow Capital One Cup tie against Morecambe says Martin O’Neill.

The Black Cats were expecting to get into their stride over the weekend, with the game against Reading offering extra fitness work for their cup encounter tomorrow.

But Martin O’Neill insists that the weekend’s disruption will not be an issue going into tomorrow’s game against the Shrimps.

“As far as the cup game goes, though, we probably would have trained yesterday anyway with the match being tomorrow, so it [the postponement] has not really put us out that much.

“The cup-tie is very important for us.

“We had a taste for the cup last year and the atmosphere that night against Everton in the FA Cup replay was extraordinary, and showed just what it means to the people here.

“We would love to do well, we have a home tie and really want to make the most of it.

“We just want to give it a real go and show people what we want to do.

“I have not had the chance to see Morecambe myself but have reports and will look at video coverage of them.”

Speaking of the Reading game he said: “In everyone’s defence, there has been a lot of rain.

“On behalf of the football club I’m really, really disappointed. I’m sorry and I have to apologise.

“The players were obviously very disappointed with the postponement too.”