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O'NEILL: GRAHAM CAN BATTLE BOOS; SUNDERLAND.

Byline: SIMON BIRD

MARTIN O'NEILL fears Danny Graham's PS5million move to Wearside could be wrecked by Sunderland's jeering fans.

The Sunderland boss is backing his striker to be a hit at the Stadium of Light, despite him being a Newcastle supporter who once said his new side were the last one he would ever watch.

O'Neill says it is unfortunate that a fanzine interview, given when Graham was a Watford player working his way up the leagues, has returned to haunt him.

Graham (below) is likely to face Reading today, with O'Neill pondering a two-man frontline, rather than play Steven Fletcher up front on his own.

O'Neill said: "Would Danny be put off by boos? During the game against Swansea I was more concerned about our own performance.

"It was only afterwards I began to worry it might have an influence on him. It might influence him but not me. He will be given a chance here and performances will determine everything."

Referee: Lee Mason

Reading forward Noel Hunt faces a late fitness test. And with Jason Roberts (hip) also out, in-form Adam Le Fondre - with four goals in two games - could start.

Sunderland's new striker Danny Graham will go straight into the squad alongside defenders Carlos Cuellar and Danny Rose, who could both return from hamstring injuries. But midfielder and skipper Lee Cattermole (knee) remains on the sidelines.

READING Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kebe, Guthrie, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak

SUNDERLAND Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Colback, Sessegnon, Larsson, N'Diaye, Johnson, Fletcher, Graham TV: Match of the Day, BBC1, 10.30pm
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Feb 2, 2013
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