Keane tells of valuable lesson
Roy Keane admits his side learnt a valuable lesson after their 7-1 thumping against Everton.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 07/12/07 9:37am
Sunderland boss Roy Keane admits his side learnt a valuable lesson after their 7-1 thumping against Everton.
Black Cats keeper Craig Gordon was exposed time and time again during November's trip to Goodison Park.
And Keane is aware that his men demonstrated naivety, which cost them dear.
The former Manchester United captain has explained that his side will now employ a change in mindset for their travels, starting with Saturday's trip to Stamford Bridge.
"Everton looked like they could score every time they went forward," he told the Sunderland Echo.
"That's what you get when you're playing against a good team and they are high on confidence.
"We had an innocence in our football and had something of the cavalier about, us which you just can't afford when you are away from home against a quality side.
"It was a valuable lesson and the most important lessons from that game were learnt by me.
"My way of thinking for a lot of games is to be positive and to get at teams. I try to think positively, in terms of our shape, players and positions.
"My attitude has always been to try go out and win, no matter who we are playing and whether we are home or away.
"I'll perhaps have to change my mindset a bit - certainly away from home. When we go to play against the better teams, we need to change our mindset slightly.
"Sometimes people think it is great when you play cavalier, attacking football but it's not so great when you are near the bottom of the league."
Meanwhile, Sunderland defender Paul McShane insists he is relishing every minute of playing in England's top flight, despite his side losing eight of their opening 15 games.
"I love it, I love every day coming in and getting better. Every game is a great challenge. It is tough in every game and that can only make you become a better player.
"I am taking as much on as I can, and it's been brilliant."