The Straits Times
Published on Dec 12, 2012

Sunderland rout Reading 3-0 to aid under-fire O'Neill


SUNDERLAND, United Kingdom (AFP) - Sunderland eased the pressure on under-fire manager Martin O'Neill with a crucial 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Reading on Tuesday.

Black Cats boss O'Neill has been subjected to growing criticism in recent weeks following a woeful run of results which saw his side slip into the relegation zone after Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Chelsea.

But they finally ended a dismal run of just two Premier League wins in 23 attempts thanks to goals from James McClean, Steven Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon at the Stadium of Light.

A first victory in five matches lifted Sunderland up to 15th place, while Reading remain second bottom of the table with just nine points from 16 matches.