Chopra out to win fans

New signing earns place in supporters' hearts

Michael Copra celebrates his winner against Spurs

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Michael Chopra hopes he has won over the Sunderland fans after his injury-time strike got their campaign off to a winning start against Tottenham.

Chopra, a 71st minute replacement for Anthony Stokes, fired the ball home to give the Black Cats a deserved victory.

Chopra told Sky Sports 1: "I was disappointed not to start but I was desperate to get on the pitch and get a goal.

"It's always pleasing to score on your debut and I managed to do that.

"I was desperate to do that, especially being a Geordie from Newcastle coming to Sunderland. I was desperate to get a goal and show the Sunderland fans I want to be here.

"I think they love me now," he joked.


Having seen his side win in his first match as a top-flight manager, Roy Keane was understandably buoyant.

"The fact is we played extremely well and I thought the better team won," he told Sky Sports.

"It was a late goal, we got plenty of them last season and I hope there are more to come. It was down to the players, and that desire not to settle for a draw.

"The players deserve all the credit, they were fantastic. Winning football matches is the best feeling in the world.

"I've got great faith in them. The new lads, like Chops (Chopra), have settled in well."

The impressive Nyron Nosworthy added: "It's important to come off with a win and we can push on from that.

"We've been working defensively hard. The Premier League has top-class players but we restricted them (Spurs) perfectly and that's just what we've been working for."