Chris Coleman’s Sunderland secured the unlikeliest of victories against Derby on Friday, winning 4-1 at Pride Park.
The win lifts the Black Cats off the bottom of the Champions table for the first time since mid-February as they desperately look to claw their way out of the drop zone.
The unlikeliest of results produced the unlikeliest of goalscorers as John O’Shea provided viewers with a great rarity, scoring his first club goal in over four years (December 2013, to be precise) by prodding home after a goalmouth scramble.
The Sunderland captain capped off a fine performance scoring the last of Sunderland’s goals, amidst speculation of his retirement from football at the end of season.
Fellow Irish international Aiden McGeady also had got in on the goalscoring act, converting a penalty five minutes into the second half.
Speaking in the post match interview, O’Shea gave his thoughts on the display and the effect the win has on sunderlands hopes of survival:
“The big thing tonight was winning the game, giving us a chance and taking momentum into Monday.”
“It’s a small step in the right direction but the boys know a lot more hard work and graft is there to be done. If we show that commitment and effort and quality most importantly in the rest of the games we will have a good chance.”
The emphatic win gives Sunderland hope of avoiding relegation to League One, with the club three points from safety with seven games to go.
If O’Shea keeps banging in goals, you never know what could happen in a league full of surprises.