Irish Abroad: O’Shea helps Sunderland seal first league win of the season

Irish Abroad: O’Shea helps Sunderland seal first league win of the season


Sunderland hosted Stoke at the Stadium of Light, sealing a 3-1 victory and their first Premier League win of the season. John O’Shea captained his side to their win, but couldn’t prevent the visitors from scoring when Charlie Adam netted the ball through his legs.

Hull secured their first win at home since April with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. Northern Irishman Alex Bruce came on in stoppage time for the Tigers, during which Ireland defender Damien Delaney came close to scoring for Palace when his header was cleared off the line by Liam Rosenior.

Jack Grealish featured in Aston Villa’s 2-0 defeat by Manchester City at Villa Park. The teenager – who has represented Ireland through to U21 level – came on with 20 minutes remaining in what was the home side’s third consecutive loss.

Northern Irishman Paddy McNair started in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Everton, sending them into the top four for first time in more than a year. Ireland international Aiden McGeady lined up for the visitors, but was substituted in the 77th minute.


Daryl Murphy struck twice for Ipswich on either side of half-time, sending the visiting side into the lead on two occasions before Nottingham Forest secured the equalizer in the 90th minute.

Ireland international Kieren Westwood was named man-of-the-match in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds. Sheffield Wednesday’s head coach Stuart Gray said: "At the end of the day you're not always going to get it your own way. You need to dig in and we had Kieren Westwood pulling off some fantastic saves.”

Reading’s Simon Cox scored from close range early in the second-half in their 3-1 defeat to hosts Brentford. Alan McCormack’s cross to Jota in the 11th minute opened the scoring for the home side, who now move up to tenth in the Championship.

Darren Randolph, Callum Reilly and Stephen Gleeson lined out for Birmingham in their 1-1 draw with unbeaten Charlton. Addicks goalkeeper Stephen Henderson kept out Paul Robinson's header from a free-kick but could not stop the visitors finding the net after the break.

Matt Doherty featured for hosts Wolves in their 2-2 draw with Wigan. James McClean started for the visitors in their sixth game without a win.

Northern Ireland international Pat McCourt came on in Brighton’s 1-1 draw against Watford, who move up to second in the Championship.

Norwich remain on top of the Championship after being held to a draw against Rotherham. Ireland international Wes Hoolahan started for the hosts, before being replaced by Northern Irishman Kyle Lafferty.

Ireland international Anthony Pilkington lined out for managerless Cardiff in their defeat to Blackpool. The only goal of the game came from the hosts in the 64th minute, moving Blackpool off the bottom of the Championship.