O’Neill thrilled as Sunderland stun Blackburn with late fightback

New Sunderland boss hails a "dream" day after his side battled back late on to seal victory in his first game in charge

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Martin O'Neill took over from Steve Bruce earlier this month PA Photos

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Martin O’Neill could not hide his delight after overseeing a victory in his first game in charge of Sunderland as the Black Cats fought back to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 on Sunday.

David Vaughan’s brilliant 25-yard strike cancelled out Simon Vukcevic’s first-half opener in the 84th minute before Sebastian Larsson curled home a free-kick two minutes into stoppage time to give Sunderland a dramatic win at the Stadium of Light.

The result leaves Steve Kean’s Blackburn second from bottom on 10 points, while Sunderland climbed above Wolves into 16th place with their third win of the season.

“I was afforded a wonderful reception by the crowd,” said O’Neill after the game. “We had lots of possession in the game, overall I thought we did terrifically.

“You think at some stage you must get a breakthrough, it was a great goal by David [Vaughan] and the place just lifted and you could sense that confidence came right back into the team. To get the late goal it was just a dream.

“Even in my wildest dreams I never thought [it would finish that way]. Vaughan’s equalising goal was just brilliant I thought he played great today.

“Just at the moment when we all needed a lift on comes young James McClean and his first move, probably the first time the crowd have seen him, he’s so positive and the crowd took to him.”

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