Bruce sticks with Carling Cup back four for Sunderland

27 September 2009 03:38
STEVE Bruce has named an unchanged back four for Sunderland's Premier League home game with Wolves, with John Mensah and Paulo Da Silva both retaining their place in the side.

The summer signings both impressed in Tuesday's Carling Cup win over Birmingham, and have been rewarded with a starting spot at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.

Anton Ferdinand and Phil Bardsley make way from the back four that had lined up for the majority of the Black Cats' league matches this season. Tellingly, Bardsley does not even make the bench.

In all, Bruce makes two changes from Tuesday night's side, with the fit-again Lee Cattermole replacing Jordan Henderson in midfield and Kenwyne Jones returning to the attack in place of the unfortunate Fraizer Campbell, who opened his goalscoring account against the Blues.

SUNDERLAND (4-4-2): Gordon; Da Silva, Turner, Mensah, Richardson, Malbranque, Cana, Cattermole, Reid, Jones, Bent.

Subs: Fulop (gk), Nosworthy, Ferdinand, McCartney, Henderson, Healy, Campbell.

WOLVES (4-4-2): Hennessey; Halford, Berra, Mancienne, Elokobi; Castillo, Edwards, Henry, Jarvis; Doyle, Keogh.

Subs: Hahnemann (gk), Craddock, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Milijas, Foley, Maierhofer.

Source: Northern_Echo