Bruce focused on crunch schedule
The Black Cats have lost five of their 11 Premier League games to date but none of them by more than one goal. Having already faced the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and high-flying derby rivals Newcastle, they now have a potentially less taxing run of games starting with a double-header at the Stadium of Light against Fulham and Wigan. Bruce said: "If you look at our goals for, we are in the top six in the division; if you look at our goals against, we are in the top six. It's been close in every game we have played. It's been the odd goal, so it could quite easily have been another three, four points our way, which takes us into the top 10 and where you want to be. "It's hasn't been that but there's certainly a resilience there which is starting to show and with all the upheaval we have had during the summer, the longer it goes, the better. "No disrespect to Fulham and Wigan and Wolves and Blackburn, we have got all of them on the horizon to play and then there's a huge December where you have got probably seven or eight games to play within four or five weeks, which will be the ultimate decider, for me, in the league. That's when it starts taking some shape."