Adams savours first victory

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Portsmouth boss Tony Adams was a happy man after finally being rewarded with his first victory since replacing Harry Redknapp.

The former Arsenal skipper saw his side emerge from a poor first-half display to peg Sunderland back at the Stadium of Light before snatching all three points in a dramatic finale. For Adams, whose previous three games had resulted in a draw and two defeats, the 2-1 win proved a welcome change.

He said: "Oh, I love winning, I love winning. I will take it any style, playing well, playing not badly, it doesn't matter to me."

He added: "It is always a fantastic feeling for me. We are in a results industry, I understand that. We have had a good week on the training pitch and I have enjoyed that, and we have got a good result.

"But of the four games that I have been in charge, it was probably the worst performance. Maybe I will go back to basics and start again in this game because I don't have a clue about it."

For opposite number and old foe Roy Keane, the emotions were strikingly different as a game which had looked well within his side's grasp slipped agonisingly away.

The Irishman said: "We went in at half-time 1-0 up and probably disappointed with that.

"They got the big boost with the equaliser, and with 10 or 15 minutes to go, they were hitting us on the break a little bit and we were not really testing their goalkeeper.

"It seemed destined for a draw which, of course, we would have taken. But a striker's tackle and we end up losing the game.

"The players deserved better than that, but there you go."

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