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22 Jan 2011 19:03:25

Rich pickings for Bruce

Kieran Richardson rose to the challenge following Darren Bent's move to Aston Villa by scoring a brace for Sunderland and steering them to a 2-1 victory at Blackpool.Richardson's first goals of the season could not have come at a better time for manager Steve Bruce as his attacking options were limited.The opener came when Asamoah Gyan released Richardson with a delightful through ball and he swept a shot into the net for his first goal this season.Richardson then showed good movement to get on the end of a pass from Steed Malbranque and his effort beat Richard Kingson at the goalkeeper's near post.However, Bruce had to endure a nervous last few minutes with Charlie Adam pulling a goal back from the penalty spot in the 85th minute.The sought-after midfielder stepped up after David Vaughan was nudged by Titus Bramble.


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