Bruce happy despite dropped points
Steve Bruce would have taken
The Black Cats head into Sunday’s trip to
However, they will run out at Craven Cottage having collected a paltry four points from their seven away games on the road to date, and Bruce knows that is a statistic which is going to have to change markedly if they are to progress.
He said: “If somebody had said to me, ‘You are going into December, Steve, and you are sitting eighth with 20 points’, I think I would have taken that.
“The sad thing for me is all the good work we have done against the top teams should be a bonus.
“That should be a bonus of six, seven points on top of your bread and butter, the teams you are up against and you are competing against.
“Especially away from home, we have let ourselves down. But this is the vital part of the season.
“You have six games in a month – it seems ridiculous. We have been going four months and we have played 14 games and then all of a sudden, we have got six games in a month.
“We are in good shape. We hope we can get the injured ones back – in particular Kenwyne Jones, and Lee Cattermole is not far away – and we can have a good run from now until January.”
Home wins over
If they are to do so on Sunday, they may have to rely once again on leading scorer Darren Bent.
He said: “We certainly can’t rely on just Darren. Kenwyne coming back into the squad can only help us.
“We have to improve on that through the team. We can’t keep relying on Darren to score to win a game.”