We’ll bounce back, insists Gyan

The 25-year-old Ghana international took his tally for the club to

10 goals – a creditable return on the record £13million-plus

Steve Bruce invested in him last summer – with the opener against

Tottenham on Saturday, yet still ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1

scoreline. Gyan was famously stunned to discover that, rather than

enjoying a winter break around the turn of the year, he and his

Premier League colleagues were expected to play five games in the

space of 14 days. But, as he left Wearside to spend a few days with

his family with the Black Cats not in FA Cup action next weekend,

he did so reflecting on successive Premier League defeats by

Chelsea, Stoke and Spurs – a run which represents a significant

dent to the club’s hopes of European qualification. Gyan said:

“It’s a good time to have a break, but not after a loss. If we had

won, it would have been quite good. “At the moment, it’s a bit sad

because we have lost three in a row. “The whole team has been doing

well, but quite unfortunately, we have conceded silly, silly goals.

“But if we keep on concentrating in games, we will do much better

because we are playing good football.” Sunderland remain in seventh

place in the table, but passed up an opportunity to leapfrog

resurgent Liverpool and climb back into the top six as a result of

their latest setback. They got off to the perfect start when Gyan

collected Kieran Richardson’s driven cross before swivelling and

blasting a right-foot shot past keeper Heurelho Gomes with William

Gallas, much to manager Harry Redknapp’s consternation, off the

pitch changing his boots. It was just what they needed after twice

surrendering the lead at Stoke a week earlier to lose 3-2 at the

death. However, they failed to learn the lessons of their

capitulation at the Britannia Stadium under a predictable assault

by Tony Pulis’ side, and were made to pay once again. There was

just a minute of the first half remaining when Titus Bramble for

once failed to get close enough to Michael Dawson as he met Steven

Pienaar’s right-wing corner and, with Gallas lurking in front of

keeper Craig Gordon, the defender powered a header through the

Scotland international’s legs to equalise. Spurs, with Rafael van

der Vaart, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale missing and Wilson Palacios,

Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch starting on the bench ahead of

Tuesday’s Champions League trip to AC Milan, had been less than

impressive up to that point. However, they returned after the break

in more enterprising mood and got their reward with 57 minutes

gone. John Mensah could clear Sandro’s cross only as far as Niko

Kranjcar, and the Croatia international, whose stunning strike saw

off Bolton last weekend, produced a sumptuous volley to repeat the

feat. Gyan was happy with his goal, but admitted he would have been

more pleased had it counted for something. He said: “It was a great

goal, I am so happy to score those kind of goals – but it led us

nowhere, so it is quite disappointing. “It’s quite frustrating

because we lost in the same way at Stoke. We dominated the game,

and then all of a sudden, we lost the game, and that’s what

happened on Saturday. “It didn’t look like we would lose the game.

We took control in the first half, and then we conceded a late

goal, which is quite frustrating. “We came back strongly in the

second half, we were doing well, and we conceded a goal again.

“It’s quite frustrating, but that’s football.” Bruce was annoyed by

the manner of Spurs’ equaliser, but confident the rot can be

stopped. He said: “The one thing you have got to be is be positive,

keep positive and take the positives out of it. “We have got a

tough run if you look at it, starting with Everton and Arsenal and

Liverpool and Manchester City – it doesn’t become any easier. “We

have got to try to turn it around and keep the level of performance

like it was in the first half, and I am sure we will pick up a few

points.”