Sunderland’s Ireland international John O’Shea pleads for unity at the Stadium of Light

John O'Shea has asked for unity in difficult times for Sunderland.
John O'Shea has asked for unity in difficult times for Sunderland.
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JOHN O’SHEA preached a message of unity after seeing the Stadium of Light turn on Steve Bruce.

Last-gasp defeat to bottom of the pile Wigan proved too much for Wearside on Saturday, as supporters called for the head of the Sunderland boss after a 10th home defeat of 2011.

Sunderland remain just two points above the drop zone ahead of next weekend’s trip to fourth bottom Wolves, with only goal difference separating the Black Cats from Mick McCarthy’s men.

Defender O’Shea said: “It is extremely difficult to take that defeat.

“Everyone has to stick together now. It’s Wolves away next and we will be doing everything we can to turn this round as quickly as possible because there is no other way and no point moaning about decisions even though they were crucial. We just have to get on with it.

“Of course we heard the chanting. We don’t want to be losing at home to a team that is absolutely struggling and you are scratching your head thinking ‘How are we not winning from the chances?’.

“It should have been 3-1 or 4-1. It is one of those things and hopefully it will turn for us quickly.”

Read more of O’Shea’s thoughts, plus reaction to Sunderland’s home defeat, in today’s Sportmail.