Sunderland boss O'Neill happy to give Johnson minutes in Cup win

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was happy to give Adam Johnson minutes in their Capital One Cup win at MK Dons.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was happy to give Adam Johnson minutes in their Capital One Cup win at MK Dons.

The summer signing from Manchester City has been missing with a thigh injury but was introduced with six minutes to go as he continues his comeback.

O'Neill said: "Of course McClean was excellent and scored a great second goal that allowed me to get Adam Johnson on the pitch for a few moments.

"It was one of those where I wanted to try and give him just a feeling for things again.

"In an ideal world it would have been great if he had a little longer, another aspect was of course that there was a chance of the game going into extra-time and there was a chance of him getting on."

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