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Penalty antics annoy Bruce
28 Sep 2009 - 08:42:22
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hit out at his strikers despite seeing them both find the net during Sunday's 5-2 victory over Wolves.
Bruce was unhappy after Darren Bent - who had already scored from the spot in the first half at the Stadium of Light - let strike partner Kenwyne Jones take a second-half penalty.
The Black Cats were only leading 1-0 at the time and Bruce, who didn't witness the incident as superstition dictates he does not watch penalties, was not amused.
"As long as he scored, I suppose," said Bruce. "But that won't happen again. That's the mentality that we have to change.
"We don't just throw the ball to somebody else because he wants to score a goal.
"That's something you do on a pitch with your mates, not in the Premier League.
"We have got one of the best penalty-takers in the country in Darren, so that won't happen again, that's for sure.
"There would have been absolute hell to pay if he had missed. It's not right.
"Okay, if you are 5-0 up or 6-0 up or whatever, but it was an important part of the game and we have got a top, top-class penalty-taker who has never missed one, I don't think, in his career, throwing the ball away."