Bruce hails Black Cats response

The Wearsiders tore the defending champions apart at Stamford
Bridge with goals from Nedum Onuoha, Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck
condemning the hosts to their first home defeat of the season.
Bruce was particularly pleased that his players were continuing to
atone for the 5-1 humiliation they suffered at Newcastle two weeks
ago. He told Sky Sports 1: “Two weeks ago we were hung, drawn and
quartered. We were looking for a response and got it. They have
worked very hard to get over the Newcastle defeat. “It was the
worst performance of my career two weeks ago and today was arguably
the best. Today we have done okay. “That’s management, the ups and
downs are pretty horrific.” Onuoha added on the defeat at St James’
Park: “For a lot of us that was the low point of our careers but we
had to draw a line under it and we have done that.” As for his
opening goal, which came via a slaloming run through the heart of
the Chelsea defence, he added: “I got it 30 yards from goal on my
left foot so I didn’t want to shoot. “The run was nice but the
finish was scruffy. But I can’t complain.” Chelsea boss Carlo
Ancelotti admitted his side had had a “bad day”. He said:
“Everything went wrong, we didn’t play well or how we wanted.
“Sunderland played with fantastic spirit, fantastic pressure, they
played well. “It was a bad day. “We were not able to play our
football, just 15 minutes in the first half. Everything was
difficult today, it was a strange performance. “We were in a good
moment but now we have to come back and stay focused on the next
game.” Chelsea announced on Thursday that Ancelotti’s assistant Ray
Wilkins would be leaving the club but the Italian denied that had
any effect on Sunday’s performance. “It was not a reason,” he
added. “Sunderland played a fantastic game, we played a poor game,
we have to do better.” Chelsea missed John Terry on Sunday
afternoon with stand-in centre-halves Paulo Ferreira and Branislav
Ivanovic frequently exposed by the pace of Welbeck and Gyan. And
although Ancelotti ruled Terry out of this Wednesday’s friendly
with France he is hoping to have him back for next Saturday’s trip
to Birmingham. “He is not able to play for England, he had a
problem with his back but I hope he will be fit for the next game.”