STEVE Bruce left Wearside wondering if some Sunderland fans might accept he did a decent job at the Stadium of Light after masterminding Hull’s fourth successive victory over the Black Cats.
The former Sunderland boss saw his team recover from a dreadful start to run out 3-1 winners and in the process end a 10-game winless Premier League run.
Victory lifted the Tigers out of the bottom three ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with fellow strugglers Leicester and handed their manager some welcome respite.
Asked about his recent record against his former employers, Corbridge-born Bruce said with a smile: “I take no real pleasure in that.
“Of course I get abused from the moment I walk in here until I go home, but the vast majority might just have a little look and think, ‘Do you know what it is? He didn’t do a bad job after all here’.
“It’s the way it is. In some people’s eyes I’m black and white, and today I am pleased to be.”
Sunderland were furious not to be awarded penalties when first Alex Bruce and then Stephen Quinn appeared to handle inside the box.
Gus Poyet was extremely frustrated but, predictably, Bruce did not agree with his opposite number.
He said: “Look for me, the referee has got it right.
“They are difficult but Quinn’s in particular, his hand is up by his face, he is trying to protect his face and he does take it on the chin.
“When it’s close to you like that how are you supposed to get out of the road of it?
“For me, the referee showed common sense.”