Brown hails Turner partnership

Brown, a summer arrival at the Stadium of Light from Manchester

United, has had three different centre-half partners in 11 games

this season. He has, however, been paired alongside Turner in his

last five outings and an understanding between the two is starting

to blossom. They have been able to keep just the one clean sheet so

far, but Brown believes there is the promise of plenty more to

come. He told the Evening Chronicle: “Michael has done brilliantly

and in every game he has been even better. In the last game at Old

Trafford he was superb. “He has had another 10 days of training and

he will be flying again when we play Fulham this weekend. “Tina

(Turner) is good in the air, good on the ball and we understand

where each other is going and where to hold the line. “It is nice

to keep the same partner and back four in general. “When I was at

Manchester United, it chopped and changed quite a lot so I am used

to it, but playing with the same person week in, week out does

help.” Regular international breaks have not helped Sunderland’s

cause this season but with no more friendly games due until

February, Brown is looking for the Black Cats to kick on into the

New Year. “The internationals stop now for the next few months and

we can get into the swing of things,” he added. “Don’t get me

wrong, most Premiership teams have to deal with internationals

being away, but it does not help. “As a team, we have not been able

to train together until today (Thursday).”