Roy Keane refused to accept his side was unlucky at the Lane and was disappointed with the goals Sunderland conceded.
"If you give away two goals like we did you don't deserve to win any football match," he stated after Aaron Lennon's goal in the second minute and Robbie Keane's strike in injury time handed us a 2-0 win.
However, Sunderland had us hanging on at 1-0 in the second half with Radek Cerny producing a couple of fine saves and Michael Dawson clearing off the line.
"You can dress it up all you want. Their goalkeeper obviously made some outstanding saves, credit to him, but if you concede a goal after 111 seconds it's not ideal with our away record.
"You are not going to dominate any game for 90 minutes but I'm sure most managers will say to their side 'let's have a decent start'. So you can talk all you want about the 80 minutes between the goals but with our away record, we didn't want to concede a goal after 111 seconds. At the top level, concentration wins and loses matches.
"At 1-0 we were always in it and I thought we would get chances, and we did. We're our worse enemies away from home."