Bruce buoyed by late leveller

16 January 2011 05:01
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce saluted his side's never-say-die attitute after they pinched a dramatic derby-day point against Newcastle. The Magpies were leading courtesy of Kevin Nolan's goal but Asamoah Gyan levelled at the death. The Ghanaian was in the right place at the right time when keeper Steve Harper parried Phil Bardsley's shot against him and the ball looped into the empty net. "The one thing you can't complain about with the team we have here is they never give up," said Bruce. "Even though we weren't playing well, at the death with a minute to go, we had six or seven people in the box trying to score a goal, so we never gave it up. "We got a bit of the bounce of the ball, but Phil was in the 18-yard box and we got that little bit of luck, which got us a point."

Source: PA