Sunderland’s good home record in the English Premier League this season were dented a blow on Sunday as they were defeated 1-0 by Everton at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland manager Roy Keane is of course not ready to admit that the Black Cats deserve to lose and laments:
I felt the players deserved something for their efforts. Obviously there were no clear-cut chances for both teams, but Everton took their chance and we didn’t.
I suppose it was a [scrappy goal] particularly from our point of view. It was sloppy play, we gave the ball away cheaply and never quite recovered and obviously Everton took full advantage of that.
It was very much a bad goal to give away from our point of view.
Unfortunately we didn’t really start to play until we went a goal down and we really should have started quicker.
The last 20-25 minutes I thought we played particularly well in terms of keeping the ball and creating a few chances.
Credit to their keeper, Tim [Howard] made some excellent saves in the last few minutes. It is cruel on the players, I felt they deserved a little bit better.
Anyway, rueing lost chances wouldn’t help Keane and his relegation battling side. They need to take the positives from the game and carry on with their fight for survival in the top flight for one more season.