O'Neill happy to still be in it
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill was 'delighted' to still be in the FA Cup after being second best for much of the 1-1 draw against Everton.
Last Updated: 17/03/12 4:33pm
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill was "delighted" to still be in the FA Cup after being second best for much of the 1-1 draw against an energetic Everton side.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet kept the Black Cats in it late on with a fantastic double save, stopping a header from John Heitinga at full stretch before recovering to deny Nikica Jealvic with the rebound.
And O'Neill admits his side wavered towards the end of the game, but felt they deserved a draw.
"I think we started the game brilliantly, got the goal and we were playing very well," he said.
"The equaliser knocked us back, we lost a bit of confidence with it. There was a big surge from the home crowd.
"I thought the second half could have gone either way but they pressed us more towards the end of the game. I am delighted we are still in the hat, I probably would have taken that at the start of the game.
"I thought it was a magnificent double save, really brilliant. I think if we had been beaten there I would have been really disappointed. I wouldn't have been sure we deserved to be beaten.
"I think on reflection a draw was probably a fair result."