O'Shea: No panic at Sunderland

Sunderland captain John O'Shea has played down any talk of panic within the dressing room.

John O'Shea has played down talk of a crisis at Sunderland, following a shock FA Cup exit and an angry outburst from head coach Gus Poyet in the aftermath.

The Wearside club were subjected to a 2-0 defeat at Bradford City on Sunday, sending them tumbling out in the fifth round against third-tier opposition.

Poyet has received criticism from some fans, who have begun questioning his judgement.

The Uruguayan blasted the media after the defeat at Bradford, accusing them of misrepresenting his comments and turning the fans against him.

Poyet's side currently sit 15th in the Premier League, two points from safety having won just four times all season in the league.

Despite a run of poor form, O'Shea believes the club can turn their fortunes around and steer clear of the relegation zone, starting with a home clash against West Brom on Saturday.

"We have to forget Bradford very quickly and focus in on the job in hand," he said. "We need to stick together and move on.

"We're already looking ahead to Saturday, and because of what's just happened, whoever we were playing next was always going to be a big game.

"We have to make sure we dust ourselves down, see what kind of squad we have for the weekend, and then make sure everyone is fighting together for the same goal.

"The fans will want to see that, but as players, we're all aware of the need to react positively too.

"There's no panic here or anything like that - we're all on the same page, sticking together and hopefully getting three points."