Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Patient Cats Can Turn It on - Keane

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Patient Cats Can Turn It on - Keane

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

ROY Keane has admitted he is learning to be more patient and hopes Sunderland's fans can do likewise after moving up to tenth in the Championship yesterday.

The Black Cats beat Leicester City 2-0 at the Walkers Stadium in what is fast becoming their trademark style under the Irishman's management.

Sunderland completely dominated the game, as shown by a shot count of 20-6 in their favour. But as so often in recent weeks their goals came late - Tobias Hysen opening the scoring in the 80th minute before David Connolly doubled the advantage two minutes later.

In Keane's eyes it was symbolic of the rebuilding job he is trying to carry out on the club as a whole in the face of the great expectations his playing reputation have brought.

"It was always going to take time," Keane said. "Rome wasn't built in a day but we're heading in the right direction.

"We're making small steps but there's been a lot of changes, both in terms of players and to the coaching staff. Football fans are not the most patient people on the planet. Neither am I at times, I have to say, but I'm trying to change that.

"I've said from day one we need three or four players in but it's easier said than done."

Keane had already tied up two bits of transfer business just a day into the latest January window. Central defender Johnny Evans has agreed a loan move from Manchester United, with team-mate Phil Bardsley mulling over a similar offer.

And veteran defender Robbie Elliott has joined Leeds United on an emergency loan after his to expire.

With Sunderland going into the game with only 15 fit senior players, and just two specialist defenders, Keane felt the victory was just reward for their character and made up for Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Preston North End.

"I thought we'd get there in the end, we just had to be patient," he said of yesterday's game. …

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