Sunderland manager Roy Keane was delighted after his side beat Newcastle at home for the first time since 1980.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Roy said:
“It is great and I thought we deserved it. I thought we played some good stuff and we should have scored one or two more.”
Djibril Cisse opened the scoring after 20 minutes, before Shola Amoebi leveled the score with a header on 30 minutes and then a terrific Kieran Richardson free-kick after a bad foul by Butt, sealed the victory for the red and whites.
Keane paid tribute to his team’s hard work as the Sunderland manager explained:
“I did remind the players it’s a game of football and if we do the right things and work our socks off we will get our rewards and I thought we did that.”
With the scores level in the second half, Keane introduced Kenwyn Jones in a bold move which he admitted was something of a gamble.
“It’s been a while since we beat Newcastle. Sometimes you have to take a risk to win games.”
“It nearly cost us because we were pretty open at the back,” “It worked out in the end and it’s credit to the players for that.”
The only bad note for the home side was when some trouble brewed up in the stands at the end of the game – and Keane was asked about this:
“We will have to wait and see. Hopefully it won’t take away from what the players achieved today,”
“These things happen. No one wants to see supporters on the football pitch.”
This was thew worst possible result for a Newcastle side who may face yet another relegation fight, but that’s what happens when you lose you manager after two league games.
We have a chance to get things back on track – but all 3 points are needed against WBA on Tuesday night, a draw is just not good enough against this newly promoted side.