Strachan happy to be back in top six

Last updated : 29 January 2003 By FootyMAD

"We were in the top five a couple of weeks ago and we lost by one goal to Liverpool and dropped to eighth," said Strachan.

"One goal against and you can fall down three places, that's what can happen.

"We're delighted with that performance tonight. We would have loved to play better football, more eye-catching football, but I think the pitch and the wind just made it a horrible night, and I'm afraid you got what we expected when we all turned up tonight, not a classic game of football.

"We were lucky and fortunate, because of our position in the league we could be more relaxed in our play at times than Sunderland, and I think that was the difference, we were a bit more relaxed at times."

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