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Oster signs off in style.

Byline: By James Hunter

John oster showed Sunderland fans just what they will be missing for the next three games as he scored one and created two goals in the Black Cats' 3-1 win at Gillingham, (writes James Hunter).

Oster set up Stewart Downing's equaliser at the Priestfield Stadium, scored the second and then laid on the third for Marcus Stewart last night.

But Oster will sit out the next three games for the Wearsiders following his red card at Norwich last month for kicking out at defender Adam Drury.

Oster said: "I have got three games coming up now when I'll not be able to play. It's going to be the Coventry away game in a month when I can play again, and it's going to feel like a long time.

"Someone else will get their chance now and I'm sure the team can go on. I certainly hope they do.

"I definitely regret what happened at Norwich. It was a case of frustration accumulating because we were losing but had created chances in the game but not got anything for it.

"It was a moment of madness, really, and I'm going to pay for it now. I just have to take it on the chin."

Sunderland came from behind after Paul Shaw had put the Gills in front in the 37th minute but once the Black Cats had levelled through on-loan Middlesbrough winger Downing, there was no looking back.

Oster said: "We made it hard for ourselves. We were disappointed to concede in the way we did and then let them get on top, but the lads showed attitude and determination and we got the result we deserved.

"We did struggle a little bit to compete with them. They have big strong lads and we knew they would be a threat from set-pieces.

"Overall I think our football shone through. It was important that we got our goal before half-time because if we'd started the second half trailing, then they would have had something to hold on to and it might have spurred them on.

"Getting that goal settled us for the second half and we came out confident that we would go on and win the game."

Sunderland have found goals hard to come by in recent weeks and Oster says it's time the rest of the team took the pressure off strikers Kevin Kyle and Marcus Stewart by chipping in themselves.

He said: "I'm pleased to have got a goal and it's important the rest of us start chipping in more with a few," he said. "I'd like to score more goals and I'd like to improve my finishing. Stu Downing put over a good ball and thankfully I was able to get a good connection and stick it away.

"Stu has made a big difference for the balance of the side, having a natural right-footer and natural left-footer in wide positions.

"We need to finish teams off when we get the chances and that's what we did against Gillingham."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2003
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