O'Neill wary of Sunderland slide

Manager does not want to see Black Cats' league revival collapse

Martin O'Neill: Hopes Sunderland can steady their league campaign this weekend

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Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is determined not to allow his side's promising Premier League fightback to slip away after suffering defeat by Blackburn in midweek.

The Black Cats produced a woeful display at Ewood Park to allow Steve Kean's strugglers to secure a 2-0 win, condemning Sunderland to their second Premier League defeat in four games.

However, the loss was only the Wearsiders' fifth since O'Neill took charge in December, with the manager having inspired a massive turnaround at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland host QPR in the league on Saturday before taking on Everton in their FA Cup quarter-final replay just three days later.

O'Neill has urged his side to keep their revival going as they juggle their league exploits with a potential chance for silverware.

Important

He said: "I am obviously relieved to have the number of points we have at the moment.

"You wouldn't want it to slip away, but by the same token, the FA Cup quarter-final game on Tuesday is very important."

QPR will run out having staged an astonishing comeback to transform a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win over Liverpool in front of the watching O'Neill, or at least in part.

He admitted: "I left, unfortunately, in the 81st minute because they are inclined the close the gates then, so I actually missed the final two goals."

What will be the outcome in the match Sunderland vs QPR?

  • Sunderland
  • Draw
  • QPR