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Posted on 23 August 2008  - 12:00

Roy Keane felt his side's 2-1 win at the Lane underlined a new mental strength at Sunderland.

Opposition view

Roy Keane felt his side's 2-1 win at the Lane underlined a new mental strength at Sunderland.

Kieran Richardson fired Keane's side into a spectacular lead after 55 minutes but that provided the spur for our best spell - Craig Gordon was forced into fine saves, Gareth Bale went close, chances were missed and we finally levelled via Jermaine Jenas with 18 minutes to go.

We looked favourites at that stage but the Black Cats found a winner when substitute Djibril Cisse headed home Daryl Murphy's cross.

"Tottenham caused us one or two problems but we stayed positive and we got our rewards," said Keane.

"We were aware that Sunderland had not won here in 30 years but we're here to try and change those stats.

"I've not been here long and we're trying to change things - the mentality. I believe Sunderland fans came here believing we could get a result, instead of hoping. I certainly did.

"We showed good mental strength to react after Tottenham scored.

"We took our chances and stuck at it. People might have seen a different side to us. We are trying to be a bit more street-wise and we had a bit more steel.

"It's important we won. It's well and good running them close, but you have to get a result. When we played Tottenham, we played quite well but lost 2-0. Even when they equalised, I knew we were up to the challenge."