Keane's first game in charge ends in victory.
Derby 1 Sunderland 2
9th September 2006
Roy Keane won his first game in charge of Sunderland as the Black Cats came from behind to beat Derby County at Pride Park.
Keane replaced Niall Quinn as manager and succeeded in his first half-time team talk after Matt Oakley had given County a half-time lead.
Goals from Chris Brown and Ross Wallace, on his Sunderland debut, earned the Black Cats their first back-to-back victories in over a year.
Oakley gave the hosts the lead on the stroke of half time, stabbing home after Steve Howard’s cut-back.
Keane rallied the troops and the visitors replied on the hour as Brown poked home after an almighty goalmouth scramble.
It took just two minutes for Wallace to give Sunderland the lead; the former Celtic man found space on the left of the area and swept a fine low shot beyond Stephen Bywater.
Keane’s side went on to beat Leeds United at Elland Road four days later before going on to win the Championship on the final day of the sason with a 5-0 victory over Luton at Kenilworth Road.
Sunderland: Alnwick, Delap, Cunningham, Varga, R Elliott, L Miller, Kavanagh, Whitehead, Wallace, Connolly (S Elliott, 84), Brown.
Subs Not Used: Ward, Hysen, Leadbitter, N Collins.