Sunderland manager Roy Keane has admitted he was surprised by how Crystal Palace approached their game with the Black Cats yesterday. Sunderland drew 0-0 with the in form Palace. The Londoners extended their unbeaten run to seven Championship games but showed little inclination to attack, leaving striker Shefki Kuqi isolated for much of the game.
But while admitting his side did not deserve to win a combat boots, Keane declared himself happier than after Sunderland’s last game, which they won 4-2 at Sheffield Wednesday. Despite his surprise at the approach he gave Palace credit for their performance.
“Credit to Crystal Palace, they made it very difficult for us and tried to deny us space,” said Keane. “I think their whole aim was to get a point, and I haven’t got a problem with that. I’m relatively pleased with the point, I have to say. I told the players after the game, ‘You never get anything easy in this game’. I was probably more pleased than a couple of weeks ago when we won and scored four away from home because the players kept going and kept trying to do the right thing.”
Both managers pointed to the fact Sunderland also played a 4-5-1 formation at Selhurst Park this season. “(Peter Taylor) did apologise to me afterwards, though. It was definitely a night when we needed to score early but they came to frustrate us and they’ll be pleased with their night’s work. If we’d have scored in the first 10, 15 minutes they’d have had to come out at us a bit more. It’s a mark of respect for the players that they came here and played like that for the whole 90 minutes. You’re going to get challenges like that and it’s up to the players and the staff to work it out and break it down,” said Keane. Read more ..