Saturday 23 February 2019

McGeady: Back-to-back wins a must for Cats

Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady

Aiden McGeady believes there is still hope for Sunderland in their battle to avoid relegation.

It's been an strange few days for the large Irish contingent at the struggling club. Sunderland confirmed that midfielder Darron Gibson, who is due in court later this month to face charges related to a drink driving incident, was no longer an employee.

"Following the conclusion of his recent suspension, Darron Gibson will leave Sunderland AFC by mutual consent," said a brief statement from the club.

On Good Friday, McGeady and John O'Shea both scored for the Black Cats in a badly-needed win away to Derby County, a game where Marc Wilson made his first appearance in two months following injury.

The 4-1 win at Derby saw Chris Coleman's side move off the bottom of the table but they are still in the drop zone and need another win today, at home to Sheffield Wednesday, to retain hope of survival.

"We've had similar results in the past but we've not built on them," said McGeady.

"Now we have to kick on and make sure we get back-to-back wins, and if we do that we'll have a great chance of getting out of this situation."

Boss Coleman knows that his side do not have a good record of putting wins together and stresses that the Easter Monday clash with Wednesday is an opportunity they cannot waste.

"We haven't won back-to-back games all season, hence why we are second-bottom.

"We are running out of opportunities but we have given ourselves a chance, and we have to capitalise on it.

"We have to stay in the game, maybe be a bit nasty in our mentality and make sure they know they are in the game."

Meanwhile, Callum O'Dowda could make his return for Bristol City when they take on Brentford today.

The 22-year-old has not played since November as he suffered an ankle injury, but O'Dowda has made rapid progress in his recovery recently, and with only seven games remaining, City boss Lee Johnson could take a gamble and add the midfielder back to his squad for today's game, Bristol still hopeful of a play-off place.

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