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Tuesday 21 August 2018

'Fans are right to be angry'

Down: John O'Shea
Down: John O'Shea

John O'Shea admits that Sunderland fans are right to feel angry about the club's plight as they face up to the prospect of life in League One.

Defeat last week meant that the Black Cats were relegated, with two games left in the season, leaving the grim reality of third tier football next season.

Sunderland are still coming to terms with demotion and while a clear-out of players is likely, it's unsure where O'Shea's future lies as the Ireland international (37) is out of contract though he says he wants to "let the dust settle" before making plans.

But O'Shea, named as the club's player of the year by fans earlier this week, says he does feel the supporters' pain.

"It's everybody who is responsible but we're the people who go out on the pitch, and like in any sport if the results are not going well it's not going to be a pleasant atmosphere," he says.

"The fans are more than right to vent their anger. Back-to-back relegations, it's not something I ever thought would happen at the start of the season.

"We've shown in glimpses that we can put in decent performances against decent teams, but not often enough, unfortunately.

"Some of the results we've had against the better teams suggests we've underperformed - it is that consistency that we've been lacking," added O'Shea, hopeful that Sunderland can respond.

""There are big clubs who have regrouped [in League One], been backed and, with us, the loyalty of the fans will still be there.

"When I signed on for this season, I hoped we'd get that momentum swinging back, but we couldn't get it going," added the former Manchester United star.

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