AFTER six minutes of Saturday’s game, I think Steve Bruce thought his time was up as Sunderland manager – we couldn’t have made a worse start.
West Brom didn’t do anything ordinary, let alone extraordinary, to take a 2-0 lead. Turner was totally out-paced for their second goal, although he played OK apart from that.
It was nice to see Bendtner finally score – forget about the deflection. It would be nice to see the lad do well in a Sunderland shirt and hopefully that’ll give him the confidence to get goals on a regular basis.
Before the match, I would have been disappointed with a draw but, given what happened in the first six minutes, the players did well to come back and showed that there must be a decent team spirit.
Once again we were too sloppy in possession. Cattermole looked very average and Gardner could well be a £5million square-ball merchant, although Sessegnon had a better game. We desperately need a left-back as Richardson should be in midfield.
It will be interesting to see if anything happens in terms of good PR by the club in the international break, I’m pleased we haven’t gone into it on the back of a defeat. Arsenal next up won’t be easy.
To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.