TITUS Bramble insists Sunderland are just one win away from lifting the gloom circling over Wearside.
Sunderland’s search for a first victory of the season extended to five games on Saturday after they were comfortably out-foxed by Chelsea.
The defeat led to sporadic chanting against boss Steve Bruce, while the sense of negativity surrounding the club was not helped by the departure of Asamoah Gyan earlier in the day.
But centre-half Bramble has leaped to the defence of the Sunderland manager and believes the confidence will flood back if they can get that first victory when Stoke City visit the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Bramble said: “I’m still very confidence about what we can achieve. We’ve got a group of internationals and a fantastic squad.
“I don’t see why we can’t improve on where we finished last season.
“One result will change things right back. If we can get back to winning ways against Stoke that will put things right.
“Any time they call for the manager’s head, it’s unfair.
“The manager has made some great signings. He’s improved things from last season, but it’s going to take time to gel. It’s not going to happen overnight.
“The players are all behind the gaffer.
“We’ve got six or seven new faces in the team from last season and even more in the squad, so it’s going to take time to know how the manager wants to play and the style he wants them to produce.”
Stoke, who face a draining Europa League trip to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, will be in confident mood ahead of their trip to Wearside, given Sunderland’s home record in 2011.
Bruce’s men have won just twice and suffered nine defeats on their own patch in this calendar year.
“If we could put our fingers on why it was happening we could do something about it straight away,” added Bramble, who made his first appearance of the season against Chelsea after replacing the departed Anton Ferdinand.
“We’ve had two tough home games to start the season with the derby game and Chelsea as well. It’s not like we’ve played Mickey Mouse opposition.
“Last season was a totally different kettle of fish.
“The good thing about football is there’s always another game around the corner and Stoke City at home is an ideal chance to put things right.
“We’re hoping the fans will come out in force like they have done so far and get behind us.”