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.”