Echo Jury: Stuart Hall looks back on Saturday’s draw with Aston Villa

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WHAT an interesting experience it is to be a Sunderland fan. When I thought the players would be up for the game, we were indeed lucky to even snatch a 2-2 draw. You could see the relief on Bruce’s face and he even mouthed “thank you” to the heavens as Sessegnon’s late equaliser went in.

Despite the disappointing result, we can take a few positives – Wickham, my man of the match, looked dangerous throughout and took his goal really well (plenty more please!), Westwood made a good save to deny Bent a goal on his return to Wearside and Bent got the reception his traitorous actions deserved and reminded me that while he’s a great goalscorer, he’s a poor footballer.

Turner looked a bit shaky and lacks composure to be a top Premier League centre-half, so it was a shame to see O’Shea go off injured. We are short of cover given the Bramble situation.

Bruce should take positives that the players can come back after conceding, but we need to start finishing teams off and trying before we actually go behind.

It’s a difficult trip to Manchester United this Saturday and it would have been to go there with three points in the bag from Villa, although going into the last five minutes I’d have taken a point!

To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.