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Premier League Share via Email Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Sun 21 Sep 2008 19.01 EDT Share on WhatsApp Premier League Louise Taylor at Stadium of Light match reports Topics Share on Messenger Roy Keane is not into dispensing tea and sympathy, but Sunderland’s manager has made an exception for Michael Chopra. Recently returned from addressing “lifestyle issues” in Tony Adams’ Sporting Chance clinic, Chopra – who got off the bench to score both goals – is being counselled by an unusually understanding manager. “I had a very questionable lifestyle, to say the least,” admitted Keane. “Hopefully Chops can learn from my mistakes – or he’s heading for trouble.”The former Manchester United captain’s road to Damascus moment came when he ended his love affair with alcohol and the attendant, sometimes aggressive, nights on the town.”I did stop drinking,” Keane said. Asked if he had resumed, the Irishman replied “No,” before making light of the matter and answering a question about the difficulties of turning teetotal with a joke. “No, it was easy,” he said. “Well, everyone else was pleased. And they tell me it’s all right; once you get used to it.”If Chopra, whose marriage has been under strain, is facing different demons – his problems are alleged to embrace relationship issues, gambling and anger – Keane can still empathise. “It’s not just drink, players get their heads turned by others things,” he said. “I’m sure there’s lots of drugs out there nowadays, there’s lots of women available. They get their heads turned by nightclubs, mates, agents, by too many late nights. I’m not saying that’s the case with Chops but if you want to be a top player you’ve got to have the off-field side sorted. With myself, the penny eventually dropped that there was stuff I couldn’t keep on doing.”Passed off the pitch by a pacy, mobile and imaginative young Middlesbrough team, Sunderland spent much of Saturday afternoon looking anything but “sorted”. Betrayed by a lack of ruthless finishing, Gareth Southgate’s side missed a penalty when Stewart Downing miscued from 12 yards following Nyron Nosworthy’s adjudged foul on Jérémie Aliadière.Doing ruthless has never worried Keane though, and he had little compunction in hauling off the disappointing Djibril Cissé and El Hadji Diouf and replacing his “stars” with Daryl Murphy and Andy Reid.It is doubtful whether Reid would earn a place in Southgate’s almost uniformly fleet-footed, sleek ensemble but he got Sunderland’s creative game going. A beautiful passer, the midfielder boasts the sharpest football brain of any of Keane’s players, Steed Malbranque included.Reid, whose initial absence left Sunderland looking rather ordinary, combined with Kieran Richardson to tee up Chopra’s 81st-minute opener. The striker, who had replaced the injured Teemu Tainio, cleverly lured the generally impressive Ross Turnbull off his line and, ignoring David Wheater’s distracting presence, calmly directed his shot into the bottom corner. Chopra’s second, a tap-in after Malbranque squared Murphy’s deflected shot his way, came in stoppage time, added extra sheen to an uplifting redemption tale.”I’ve been grateful to the manager for giving me some time off because things have been hard,” admitted the 24-year-old who dedicated both goals to his seven-month-old son, Sebastien. “I haven’t had too many happier days – and I probably appreciate football more than ever now.”Neutrals should appreciate Southgate’s courage in sticking with his purist principles and keeping faith in youth. “We’re playing football the right way,” insisted Boro’s manager whose starting XI featured five academy graduates. “If we keep on like this, we’ll be all right; you’ve got look at the bigger picture.”Man of the match Michael Chopra (Sunderland) Chopra can learn from my mistakes – Keane Roy Keane Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Middlesbrough Share on LinkedIn Shares00 First published on Sun 21 Sep 2008 19.01 EDT Sunderland Reuse this content