After a reassuring performance at the weekend, there were more positives for Bruce to take from a very good point at White Hart Lane last night.
After a shaky start to the first half, Bruce’s tactical change to 4-4-2 and the introduction of a rejuvenated Danny Welbeck allowed for a deserved point against the Harry’s high flying European side.
I have been one of Welbeck’s biggest critics, but yesterday he was outstanding behind Gyan, weaving past defenders on several occasions, most notably in the lead up to Gyan’s equaliser.
This is what he hasn’t been doing in recent weeks and if he can continue this form, Sunderland have exciting times to look forward to in front of goal.
As for Gyan, what can I say? He is different class. A lot of people questioned the £13 million price tag but on current form who can argue about it now? He took his goal superbly past a helpless Gomes and troubled throughout, with great control, challenging runs and a few unlucky through balls.
With Bent still to come back, the future looks very good for Sunderland’s forward line.
Reading the press today, many Spurs fans feel begrudged as to some decisions by Howard Webb and all I have to say is...get a grip. This is football, you get some decisions, you don’t get others. He did make some bad decisions,
I feel it was a thoroughly deserved point after a great second half display that showed courage and determination after being outclassed in the first 45 minutes. Turner, Welbeck and Cattermole were tremendous compared to recent weeks, all showing the ability to put bad past performances behind them and get on with their own game.
A quick message to all the fans that travelled down to the game last night is I take my hat off to you. I was one of the travelling support, but I only had to take a couple of tube rides to get there, unlike those who made the 500-mile round trip on a cold, damp Tuesday night in north London.
The fans never stopped singing and have a deserved reputation as some of the best supporters in the land. Bring on the Chelsea this Sunday!
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