Sunderland boss O'Neill didn't use Taylor comments ahead of Newcastle clash

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says he wasn't bothered by comments made by Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor ahead of yesterday's 1-1 draw.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says he wasn't bothered by comments made by Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor ahead of yesterday's 1-1 draw.

Taylor had infuriated the Wearsiders with comments on Saturday including a suggestion that no Sunderland player would get into the Newcastle team. Though it was clear the comments were made without malice and with tongue in cheek.

O'Neill said: "It didn't figure in my team talk, but some of the players had passed comment about it.

"He's absolutely entitled to his opinion. I am delighted he made their bench."

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