O'Neill wary of Sunderland slide
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is determined not to allow his side's promising Premier League fightback to slip away.
Last Updated: 23/03/12 4:14pm
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is determined not to allow his side's promising Premier League fightback to slip away after suffering defeat by Blackburn in midweek.
The Black Cats produced a woeful display at Ewood Park to allow Steve Kean's strugglers to secure a 2-0 win, condemning Sunderland to their second Premier League defeat in four games.
However, the loss was only the Wearsiders' fifth since O'Neill took charge in December, with the manager having inspired a massive turnaround at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland host QPR in the league on Saturday before taking on Everton in their FA Cup quarter-final replay just three days later.
O'Neill has urged his side to keep their revival going as they juggle their league exploits with a potential chance for silverware.
He said: "I am obviously relieved to have the number of points we have at the moment.
"You wouldn't want it to slip away, but by the same token, the FA Cup quarter-final game on Tuesday is very important."
QPR will run out having staged an astonishing comeback to transform a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win over Liverpool in front of the watching O'Neill, or at least in part.
He admitted: "I left, unfortunately, in the 81st minute because they are inclined the close the gates then, so I actually missed the final two goals."