Martin O'Neill: "We lack real true ability"

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Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill believes that his side lack "true ability" in their squad.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill feels that his side lack "true ability" in their squad.

The Black Cats spent over £20m last summer when they brought in Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson, along with January additions Danny Graham and Alfred N'Diaye.

O'Neill told reporters: "I think that to get those points, you have to show that bit of fight in adversity and in fairness, over the course of the season.

"We might lack a lot of things – we lack real true ability in the team – but I'm not sure that I would question the desire of the players.

"We could have fallen out of the game against Fulham (2-2 draw) here but we fought back and really should have won."

Sunderland face Norwich City on Sunday at the Stadium of Light.

Danny Graham celebrates after scoring the opener against Fulham on December 29, 2012
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