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Chris Coleman: We must fight back, 'by hook or by crook'

New Sunderland manager Chris Coleman during the match at Villa Park Credit: PA images

New Sunderland manager Chris Coleman's first attempt to revive the club's fortunes ended in defeat but he insists he's not feeling downhearted.

The Black Cats went down 2-1 when they played away to Aston Villa.

They have won just once this season and have lost half of their games, making successive relegations a real possibility.

Chris Coleman quit his job as Wales boss to try to save Sunderland from back-to-back relegations.

Sunderland's James Vaughan celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game Credit: PA images

And he did see signs of recovery from the Black Cats throughout the game.

It looked like Villa would cruise to the finish but Sunderland pulled a goal back with 18 minutes left, when Lewis Grabban scored before the hosts hung on.

Last night's game leaves the team at the bottom of the Championship but despite the defeat, Chris Coleman says his team must now fight back, "by hook or by crook".