Steve Bruce’s Sunderland having bird trouble

Nicklas Bendtner gets in an effort against the Canaries on Monday

Nicklas Bendtner gets in an effort against the Canaries on Monday

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STEVE Bruce’s Sunderland hope to overcome some bird trouble when they meet West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

This season, the Black Cats have yet to overcome opposition that are associated with our feathered-friends.

They did manage draws against Liverpool (Liver birds) and Swansea (nicknamed The Swans, but were beaten by the Canaries (Norwich), Seagulls (Brighton) and the Magpies (Newcastle).

West Brom’s most popular nickname is the Baggies, but they are also known as the Throstles and have the song thrush on their club badge.

Let’s hope that’s not a bad omen.