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  • Nickname:Black Cats
  • Founded:1879
  • Manager:Gus Poyet
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Keane calm despite derby win

26 Oct 2008 - 10:56:48

Sunderland manager Roy Keane was delighted to finally end his side's home hoodoo against Newcastle United as they beat their local rivals 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats had failed to take three points against their near neighbours on home soil since 1980, but goals by Djibril Cisse and Kieran Richardson finally put an end to that dismal record.

Keane said after the victory: "We've finally defeated Newcastle on home turf for the first time in 28 years and I thought it was an excellent game.

"It's always nice to beat your local rivals and everybody has been reminding us how long it has been. But we deserved it, we played some good stuff.

"It was good performance - I think we deserved to win the game. I thought it was a great atmosphere and I enjoyed it. Conditions weren't great but I thought we handled them well. We passed it and moved it well.

"We edged the game in terms of chances. We were under the cosh at the end but we got through it. The players have got their just rewards after the last few weeks, when we didn't get our rewards.

"It was a brilliant strike by Kieran Richardson - a bit like his 'goal' last week. We thought it might have been a penalty but Kieran stuck it well in, the keeper had no chance.

"It was tight in the second half and it probably needed something special to win the game, thankfully for us one of our players did it.

"I thought we were very positive and it was good to see Kenwyne (Jones) on. The win meant a lot to the players - you saw that at the end of the game.

"We can't get on our high horse and think we've achieved something, far from it. Newcastle have been ahead of us for many years, it's a small step for us."

A small number of home fans invaded the pitch at the end of the match but Keane hopes their behaviour will not distract from his side's display.

He added: "We'll have to wait and see but hopefully it won't take away from what the players have achieved.

"Nobody likes to see fans on the pitch, trust me, but hopefully the FA will go easy on us because the fans have to enjoy it.

"If one or two ran on the pitch, well they've had plenty of time to wait for the chance."


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