Defender pleased with endeavour.
Having experienced for the first time just how intense the north east derby can be, Danny Rose is pleased Sunderland left with a share of the spoils.
The defender, on a season long loan from Tottenham, turned in a man of the match display against local rivals Newcastle and believes the Black Cats showed great resilience to come back after going behind early in the game.
You know when you’ve got Seb [Larsson] or Gards [Craig Gardner] on the ball you can fully expect great delivery and we were just thankful Sheasy [John O’Shea] got a flick on it.
- Danny Rose
Following the encounter, Rose told safc.com: “We started quite well and I think we’ve shown a lot of character to come back from a goal down and take a point.
“We were itching for a second goal but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”
It was a Demba Ba own goal that cancelled out Yohan Cabaye’s early strike, as the striker steered John O’Shea’s flick on into the back of the net.
The stand-in skipper leapt to get on the end of Sebastian Larsson’s free kick, after the Swede had threatened from set-pieces for most of the afternoon, something Rose believes is one of Sunderland’s main assets.
“You know when you’ve got Seb [Larsson] or Gards [Craig Gardner]on the ball you can fully expect great delivery and we were just thankful Sheasy [John O’Shea] got a flick on it and it deflected into the back of the net.” Rose added.
“When a team goes down to 10 men it’s not always that easy to break them down and against Newcastle it was very hard.
“We didn’t get enough shots on target and that’s something we have to work on.
“We’ll go to Stoke next week aiming for three points.”