Relegation 6-pointers are never pretty to watch nor are they technically anywhere near good. Saturday’s English Premier League clash between Sunderland and Wigan Athletic at the Stadium of Light was by no means a memorable match but for Sunderland manager Roy Keane, the hard fought 2-0 win over the Lactics is more than enough to bring a smile onto his face.
When you’re playing teams that are fighting down at the bottom end of the table then, especially with our away form, we have to try and get good results at home. It’s important, but again we’ll keep fighting till the end of the season and see how vital it was. We knew that if we were going to win today, we’d have to win ugly and we did that. We’ve not shown that enough times this season so credit to the players for that. The second goal of the game I think was worthy of winning any game.
This victory drives the Black Cats to 14th in the Premiership table,4 points above the dropzone. Wigan are 16th but more agonisingly just a single point away from the yawning trap door. For Sunderland’s Keane, a few more such unsaviory but desperate wins would be enough to keep Sunderland in the Premiership for one more season at least.