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Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has promised the club will learn the lessons of their disastrous slide down the Barclays Premier League table.

Manager Steve Bruce has cited a lengthy injury list as the root cause of his side's slump, and the club is currently analysing possible reasons for that, while disgruntled fans have pointed to the controversial decision to allow striker Darren Bent to leave for Aston Villa in January.

Writing in his programme notes ahead of Saturday's game against Wigan game, Quinn said: "Part of the bigger picture is that we need to address why we have so many injuries compared to other clubs."

He added: "We all know that injuries are part of football and that any player can get injured at any time.

"But we have to examine whether the number of injuries that have hampered us are down to sheer misfortune or is there something we can do to reduce the number of injuries that beset us?

"We also take responsibility for the departure of Darren Bent and how we thought that would affect the team.

"Just five days after his transfer, we learned that we would be without Danny Welbeck for eight weeks and learning from that, we have to look at giving the manager every chance of improving us and taking us further by giving him a stronger hand.

"In congratulating Stoke City on reaching the cup final, we observe that while they are close to us in the Barclays Premier League, they have six forwards available.

"We will consider whether that is the way to go for us rather, than risk being threadbare in the striking - or any other - department if a series of injuries to players in that position occurs."

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Sunderland
Stoke City
Football
Premier League
Steve Bruce
Danny Welbeck
Wigan Athletic
Aston Villa
Darren Bent

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