Bruce And That 5-1 Humiliation
Steve Bruce is starting to have an obsession about that Newcastle 5-1 humiliation that he describes as "the worst result I have ever had in 30 years in the game". Steve Bruce: "The big thing for me is that we finished above them for the third time in a row, which hasn't happened for a long, long time, and our aim is to finish on top of them again. "As long as I am the Sunderland manager, the one thing I want to do is finish above them, and I am sure Alan Pardew is the same. "It helps if you win a derby, of course it does, but it's not the be all and end all - but I know to some supporters, it is. "No matter where you finish, as long as you beat Newcastle...' will be some people's take on it. It certainly isn't mine. "It [the 5-1] was probably the worst result I have ever had in 30 years in the game, I can't really remember a humiliation like that. "But you learn from the experience and handle it and try to come out fighting, and two weeks later, you have your best result when we beat Chelsea 3-0. "That sums up what football is all about. "Last year, we didn't handle the occasion, so we must make sure we are experienced for it. "Last year, I made a mistake. There were maybe too many with not enough experience to handle it. I have got to take my proportion of the blame too. "You learn from it and we will make sure the experience we have in the team on Saturday will be fine. "A lot of them have handled the situation before, people like John O'Shea and Wes Brown, it's not going to faze them for a start. "They have played in big games, European Cup finals, so they will handle the occasion, not a problem."
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