John O’Shea pleased with Sunderland's response against Watford

Sunderland were beaten 1-0 by Watford on Saturday.

John O’Shea has told Sunderland’s official site that he was pleased with the way his teammates responded after going behind against Watford at the weekend.

Although the Black Cats were beaten 1-0 by the Hornets, there were signs of encouragement in their performance.

Sunderland were dominated by Watford for the first 20 minutes, but when Sam Allardyce changed the system – and brought Jack Rodwell on to replace DeAndre Yedlin – the Wearsiders were much improved.

O’Shea said: “The pleasing point was when we changed our system we were in control and we created some very good chances; their keeper has made a couple of fantastic saves to keep them ahead and maybe on another day we probably would have got something from the game.”

Watford took the lead early on through Odion Ighalo, and they had chances to extend their advantage before Allardyce reacted.

When Sunderland did change formation they grew into the game, though, and had they been slightly more clinical they could have taken at least a point.

The Black Cats’ finishing was also a problem in their recent defeat to Arsenal, and they will need to be more ruthless if they are to climb out of trouble.

Sunderland are stuck in 19th place in the Premier League table after their defeat to Watford, and they are now two points away from safety with the Christmas and New Year fixtures just around the corner.

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