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That was for the fans - 26/02/2002

That was for the fans
   Nikos Dabizas
   Shay Given
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The Sunderland game was incredible! On one hand it was only three points, on the other it was so much more. If you wanted to know how important it was for the players, then simply take a look at our reaction after the final whistle!! We know you wanted us to beat Sunderland so badly, and the pressure helped us. It was a tight game, especially the second half, but we managed to create a few openings and Robert’s free kick was knocked on by Shearer, Dabizas headed the ball home. When the goal was scored we knew that if we concentrated we’d be alright. Nicos could have had three goals and we created other chances, but we still have to thank Shay who was man of the match. Overall we deserved to win, especially since we were the away team.

I didn’t celebrate though, there’s only one time for that and it’s not yet! If we’re as happy in May as we were on Sunday, then I’ll know it’s time to open the bottles!!! Right now we have to keep going. We’re training light, we’ve the day off tomorrow and we won’t be doing anything heavy as we’ve a run of hard, hard games to come.

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