O'Shea targets home wins
Sunderland defender John O'Shea says he is desperate to put an end to the club's wretched home form.
Last Updated: 14/09/11 3:16pm
Sunderland defender John O'Shea says he is desperate to put an end to the club's wretched home form, starting against Stoke this weekend.
The Black Cats have won just twice at the Stadium of Light in 2011 with a New Year's Day win against Blackburn Rovers and a victory over Wigan Athletic in April.
Steve Bruce's side have lost both of their matches on home soil this term - a 1-0 derby defeat to Newcastle and a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at the weekend.
They are languishing in 16th place after four games and take on a Stoke side on Saturday who have made a flying start to the Premier League season.
O'Shea has not played at the Stadium of Light yet, after missing the defeat to Chelsea with a calf strain.
The summer signing from Manchester United told the Sunderland Echo: "It's been the case in 2011 so far that the home form hasn't been that great.
"That will be the key to how successful we are this season, making sure our home form is rock solid.
"I never had an easy game when I came up against Sunderland in the past. It was always a very difficult game as a United player and an intimidating ground to play at.
"As a group, we have to make the Stadium of Light a fortress again for us. The key to it is scoring goals.
"The Stadium of Light will be rocking this weekend and hopefully we get the goals we need and we can send everyone home happy."