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Fergie content despite another away draw
03 Oct 2010 - 08:59:12
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson declared himself content with the point gained up from a 'hard-fought' goalless draw with Sunderland.
United found themselves under the cosh in the first half at the Stadium of Light and had to rely on goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to keep the Black Cats at bay in the closing moments of a difficult afternoon in the north-east.
The Red Devils have drawn all four of their league games away from Old Trafford this season, but afterwards Ferguson suggested it was a point gained rather than two lost for his side.
"Sunderland had the most chances in the game and I have to say we were fantastic defensively," he declared.
"That's the area in which we have been leaking goals and throwing games away this season, so I am pleased with that.
"It was a very determined Sunderland team, their home record this season has been very, very good, so I am not pleased but I am satisfied."
Meanwhile, Ferguson admitted he was becoming concerned with United's failure to win away from home following draws with Fulham, Everton, Bolton and now Sunderland.
He added: "It's a concern, the first three.
"I can't class today's as a disappointment because we had to battle to get the point today. But we have thrown the other three away.
"We had no attacking purpose in the first 25 minutes of the match.It wasn't until towards the end of the first half that we got any semblance of keeping possession of the ball.
"In the second half we did a lot better, there was more threat by us, but they had chances from set-pieces."