Sunderland defender John O’Shea has told the Northern Echo it’s important for the side to draw a line under the FA Cup defeat to Bradford last weekend.
The Black Cats were put out of the cup competition by the League One side in one of the surprises of the last round, but O’Shea has suggested it’s pointless for the team to dwell on the defeat.
“We have to draw a line under what happened now, but that’ll be easy to do - we’re not going to allow an FA Cup defeat to get in the way of what we know we need to do in the league,” said O’Shea.
“It’s gone now and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
The attitude shows determination by the experienced defender for the team to react in the right manner, but it’s important the club don’t sweep the defeat against Bradford under the carpet.
There are lessons to be learned from the way the team went about getting a result and the way they setup going into the game.
They can’t repeat the same errors because they are not clear of danger in terms of getting drawn into a scrap near the wrong end of the Premier League table.
The job of O’Shea, manager Gus Poyet and other experienced members of the first team is to demand the best standards from the team this weekend against West Brom and looking ahead to other important games in the league.
The Premier League is now the club’s only priority so there are no excuses for not giving everything to avoid a scrap near the bottom three.