Sunderland on this day: Roy Keane’s trip to Arsenal

Roy Keane arrives at Sunderland
Roy Keane arrives at Sunderland
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Roy Keane had a blast at the Sunderland hierarchy yesterday over the search for yet another new manager.

Here’s a look back at how Sunderland have fared in three game played on this day – the first when Keane was at the helm.

Peter Reid’s Sunderland went on to win the championship.

On October 7 2007, the Black Cats travelled to the Emirates and gave Arsenal a tough time before succumbing 3-2.

Robin van Persie and Phillipe Senderos seemed to have the Gunners coasting with goals in the first 14 minutes but Ross Wallace pulled one back on 25 minutes before Kenwyne Jones’ 48th equaliser levelled it up.

Van Persie sealed the points though, with a goal ten minutes from time.

Sunderland: Gordon, McShane, Collins, Miller, Nosworthy, Higginbotham, Leadbitter, Yorke (Harte), Jones, Chopra (Stokes), Wallace (Etuhu).

Keane’s Sunderland finished the season in 15th place on 39 points. Derby finished bottom with just 11 points, and just one win all season.

In the 1995/96 season, Sunderland visited Crystal Palace on October 7 in the Endsleigh Division One and came away from Selhurst Park with a 1-0 win.

David Kelly scored the only goal on 75 minutes in a game where the Black Cats missed two penalties, taken by Martin Scott and Paul Bracewell.

Sunderland: Chamberlain, Kubicki, Scott, Bracewell, Ball, Melville, Smith, Ord, Kelly, P Gray (Russell), M Gray.

Peter Reid’s Sunderland went on to win the championship.

This day 13 years ago was not so great for Reid - he was sacked after six years in the hotseat.

Back in the 1978/79 season, October 7 saw a trip to Bramall Lane and a 3-2 defeat to Sheffield United in Division Two.

Gary Rowell put Jimmy Adamson’s side ahead, but the home side responded with goals from Peter Anderson (2) and Steve Finnieston before Bob Lee pulled one back a minute from time.

Sunderland: Siddall, Coady, Bolton, Docherty, Clarke, Elliott, Chisholm, Rostron (Lee), Entwistle, Brown, Rowell.

Sunderland finished fourth behind Crystal Palace, Brighton and Stoke.