Steve Bruce’s pre-match BBC Newcastle interview ended with him protesting he had been misrepresented in his views on Sunderland supporters. If the smarter move might have been to admit his own words have sometimes been ill-chosen, most of us would accept public relations gaffes if more of the post-match e-mails were talking about wins. Tonight Bruce, rightly under pressure, is able to savour a good away victory – and guess who got a great cheer from the away support at the final whistle?
I’d like to start by saying a special thank-you to the supporters.
There’s not many clubs who’d bring more than 4,000 to an away match when their team could have been around the bottom at 5pm.
The fans gave us some fantastic support and the players responded to that. They’ve gone home happy today which I’m delighted about.
You could see what it meant at the end. We’re all in this together.
We’ve got the nucleus of a decent squad which is very capable of doing what we want to do, which is to compete in the top half of the best league in the world.
When I look at my bench today and who was playing, for me we’ve improved enormously from where we were a couple of years ago.
I told the players at half time to calm down and let me do the worrying. I wanted them to try and enjoy it.
Both teams looked nervous and edgy in the first half and I wanted to take the shackles off a bit. Thankfully we did that in the second half.
I can’t remember ever coming to a Barclays Premier League game and dominating like we did in the second half – it was terrific to see.
We’ve tried Stephane [Sessegnon] off the front man in the past and he didn’t manage to score, and now when we move him wide he comes up with a goal.
It was a great finish – he turned on a sixpence and lashed it home. When Stephane doesn’t have time to think he’s onto it like a flash.
He really ripped it into the net which was great to see.
Meanwhile, Nicklas [Bendtner] has had a good start. He had probably his quietest game today but when the ball came to him there was never any doubt that he’d stick it in the back of the net.
All the Best,