Sunderland skipper wants cup form to boost survival hopes

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has urged his teammates to transform their cup form into improving their league campaign.

The Black Cats won 2-1 in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester United, just a few weeks after knocking Chelsea out of the competition.

But despite being just one match away from a visit to Wembley, the Ireland defender admits his team need to use their cup success in their fight for league survival

“Whatever it is we need to bring it into the league very quickly,” O’Shea told The Chronicle.

“The players know we have plenty of quality, it’s just making sure we use it at the right times. We seem to be doing it quite well against the best teams so we have to make sure we do that in the league as quickly as possible because we know we’re good enough.

“But we’ve seen good teams get relegated before so we have to counter that quickly and get the points on board, but a win like today will give us a massive boost.”

Sunderland travel to fellow strugglers Fulham on Saturday, as they look to get off the foot of the Premier League table. But with just three league wins from their 20 matches, O’Shea and company will need to string a run of positive results to escape relegation this season.

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