Sunderland boss O'Neill hails Brown, Turner defensive pairing

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is delighted with defensive pairing Michael Turner and Wes Brown.

O'Neill, whose side have won four of their first five games of 2012, is glad to have the pair available once more.

"I thought Wes did very well [against Swansea], especially as he hadn't done that much training in the run-up to the game," he told

"Having said that, he had taken less time to recover from his injury than, say, Michael Turner, who was out for a fairly lengthy period of time.

"I probably wasn't expecting Michael to be on the field of play at all against Chelsea, but he came on after Matthew Kilgallon was injured.

"He is just building up his fitness, hence why he played for the reserves last night.

"I was pleased with the contribution of Wes against Swansea and also Michael's contribution at Stamford Bridge."

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