Bruce - Forget about the fluke

17 October 2009 06:06
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was delighted with his side's display against Liverpool and does not want the fluke nature of the winner to detract from that. Sunderland claimed a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light which came courtesy of Darren Bent after five minutes. However, replays showed that Bent's shot deflected off a beach ball and it was that which sent it past Jose Reina. Rules state that the goal should have been disallowed and a drop ball should have been given, but Bruce maintains that would have been truly harsh on his side. "I thought it was a deflection off a player and I have just seen it, but if anyone knew the rule that it should have been a drop ball then you are a real saddo!" he quipped. "I thought we deserved the win, I hope that [the goal] isn't the headline - in the second half we had three one-on-ones. "I was thinking that we needed to get a second, but I thought we thoroughly deserved it and one of the reasons I came here was for days like this. "The confidence is there and let's hope we can maintain it and carry on." Bruce admits he was happy to face Liverpool without Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. "It is always good to have a big team after an international break but I wouldn't take anything away from our performance, we have beaten them on the day hands down," he added. ConcernBruce did lose Lee Cattermole and Kenwyne Jones to injury and he is just hoping they are not sidelined for too long. "Kenywne is in hospital with his ankle and I know when Cattermole wants to come off there is something wrong to him, but that is the real down side for me today which has been a great day for the club," he said. "Obviously our thoughts are with these two because the equivalent of Jones and Cattermole, is like our Torres and Gerrard. Kenwyne has an ankle and Cattermole has twisted his knee and we just hope it isn't a cruciate."

Source: SKY_Sports