Martin O’Neill praises Sunderland duo

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has praised attacking duo Stephane Sessegnon and Nicklas Bendtner.

The pair played a key role in the Bantams 3-3 draw with Manchester City on Saturday, and gained kind words from their Northern Irish manager.

“Sessegnon’s a terrific footballer,” O’Neill told Mirror Football.

“He’s got some great qualities obviously and it’s a genuine delight to have him. He’s quiet off the field but he’s a very, very fine player.

“I’ve not thought about Bendtner’s future at all. I’ve not mentioned it to him, there’s no point in putting pressure on anyone at the moment.

“He’s played very well and may think that with that type of performance he’s still capable of breaking into Arsenal’s squad,” he continued.

Despite denting the Etihad Stadium club’s title ambitions, O’Neill feels the race for first is far from over.

“If you’re asking me if the title race is over I’d say far from it.

“I think there will be a few twists and turns and, for what it’s worth, we’ve still got United last game of the season at our place.

“It could be a massive game,” he confessed.

By Gareth McKnight