Crisis Averted as Sunderland See Off Reading and Give Themselves a Lift

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Crisis Averted as Sunderland See Off Reading and Give Themselves a Lift
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He claims he is not merely the right man for the job but the only one, and now Martin O'Neill has a chance to prove it. It is unlikely that Sunderland's manager would have been sacked even if his struggling side had lost to Reading but the Wearsiders' third win in 24 Premier League games and their first victory against opponents finishing with 11 men since March undoubtedly offers him valuable breathing space...

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