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Keane pleased with point

16 Aug 2007 - 08:58:17

Sunderland boss Roy Keane admitted he was relieved to leave Birmingham City with a point after Stern John grabbed a last minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at St Andrew's.

The Black Cats looked to be heading for their first defeat of the season after a Paul McShane own goal and Garry O'Connor strike had put the home side in the box seat.

But, after Michael Chopra pulled a goal back, the Wearsiders salvaged a point with a last- gasp strike from former Birmingham striker John.

"I'm delighted with the result but I don't think the performance was great," said Keane.

"Again, the players had a great desire to get a result. Maybe a draw was a fair result. I don't think it's a coincidence to score so many late goals.

"Last season, we were 1-0 up here and we should have won the game but conceded in the last minute. This time Brucey (Birmingham boss Steve Bruce) will feel they should have won it because they were 2-1 up with a minute to go.

"Apart from the last 15 minutes, I thought the game was relatively poor."

Meanwhile, Keane has revealed he is keeping his fingers crossed that Carlos Edwards' hamstring injury is not too serious after the winger limped off in the final ten minutes.

He added: "He has a damaged hamstring. I probably should have taken him off because he missed a lot of pre-season and I knew he would tire.

"I got that call wrong and we'll see how he is in the next 24 hours."


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