Rowell Report: Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will be kicking himself

Gary Rowell
Gary Rowell
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AFTER an away game at Old Trafford, Sunderland were on the road again on Tuesday to face bogey team Hull City.

It’s amazing the hold Steve Bruce has had over his old club since he was shown the door at the Stadium of Light and he’s burst our bubble so many times, usually before the celebrations have finished from a great derby win.

But it didn’t happen for him this time and he’ll be kicking himself as Hull could have had the game wrapped up by half-time.

That was because Sunderland had no shape or balance in the first 45 minutes, as Gus Poyet’s starting XI were out of sorts. The only good thing to happen was that being only one down, we were still in the game.

The second half was better, although only just, but at least we dug in and grabbed an equaliser thanks to Jack Rodwell’s header and hopefully the £10million signing can now stay injury-free for the rest of the season.

The key to Sunderland getting back in the game was the introduction of Patrick van Aanholt, surprisingly dropped to the bench, who suddenly injected some badly-needed pace and desire into the team that up until then had looked slow and predictable.

In recent years whenever these two teams have met, it’s been a bad-tempered and badly charged fixtured, with red cards galore, so there was no surprise that there was another sending-off, but who’d have thought it would be Poyet?

Less surprising was Lee Cattermole’s yellow card, that means he misses the next two games and although he wasn’t at his best at Hull, he’ll be missed.

Another huge away following did the club proud yet again and they were singing at the end, but I don’t think any Sunderland fan will be fooled by the 90-minute performance which was far from convincing.