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The Roker Roundup: Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Here's what is happening in the (SAFC) world today.

O'Neill Would Rather Norwich Survived Over Sunderland

Former Sunderland manager - and boyhood Sunderland fan - Martin O'Neill has said he would rather Norwich City stayed up if it was a straight choice between them and us.

When asked by BBC Radio 4 who he'd rather survived, O'Neill said:

I think the answer would be down in Norfolk.

I played at Norwich City in two little spells and I enjoyed it immensely.

Although I only had a few months there as a manager, because the chairman and I didn’t see eye to eye at the time, I have got a real soft spot for them which is remarkable when my time as a boy was Sunderland.


Allardyce Gives Injury Update

John O'Shea, Lee Cattermole and Jan Kirchhoff all left the field prematurely in last night's game with Crystal Palace, and Sam Allardyce has given an update on how the three were doing after the match.

He said:

O’Shea had a tight calf, Kirchhoff was feeling the pace of the Premier League so we took him off before he got injured. I thought he was a big loss when he came off; we lost the midfield.

I think he’s going to be very important for us. And Lee Cattermole unfortunately looks like he’s got concussion, as well as a cut. He’s not feeling too well at the moment. He’ll miss Southampton.

Borini Keen To Prove A Point

It was clear when Fabio Borini scored last night that he was unleashing an immense amount of anger through his goal celebration, and the Italian has explained that he hopes his strike will lead to further opportunities to play in the relegation run in.

Borini told Skysports:

I got ten minutes, I scored a goal. I showed that I can score goals and give a lift to the team, and what I do is give everything I have in me.

Even if if it is  eighty-percent of my physical abilities at that moment, I give 80-percent; if it's one hundred, I give one hundred. At the moment, I have one hundred and fifty percent to give, because we need everyone to give an extra bit to stay up. Probably one hundred percent is not enough, we need to give more.

I don't care if it's good football or ugly football or lucky football, we need to win games and if we are 1-0 up at sixty minutes, we need to kill the game.

It doesn't matter how frustrated I was before the game because every player, if they don't play as many minutes as they would like to, they get frustrated, but what I do is work hard every day in training and if I get ten minutes, five minutes, thirty minutes, ninety minutes, it doesn't matter to me, I will give of my best, and the goal shows everyone what I can do.

But it's the manager's decision, obviously. He gave me ten minutes today and ten minutes was enough.

He's got a point to prove now, and we all know that when Fabio plays with a chip on his shoulder he's at his best. Long may it continue.

Pardew Talks More Shite

Pardiola was at it again, claiming his side 'deserved' to win the game last night.

He said:

Overall, really it was a game we deserved to win, but I think on reflection in the morning, a draw isn’t a bad result.

In response, Sam Allardyce didn't quite agree.

Alan would say that, Alan says they have played well when they have played badly. When have you ever heard Alan say they didn’t deserve to win? He always deserves to win and they don’t. You know what he is like, you had him up here long enough.

Well, that's him told.

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