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Sbragia focused on job in hand

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Ricky Sbragia insisted he has not even considered the prospect of replacing Roy Keane on a permanent basis after guiding Sunderland to a thumping victory over West Brom.

The caretaker boss, who saw his side slip to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Manchester United last weekend, looked on as they blasted the bottom-of-the table Baggies into ever-deeper trouble with a 4-0 demolition job at the Stadium of Light.

Sbragia said: "To be honest with you, I am not even thinking about the job, and that's the truth."

He added: "If it's there, it's there; if it's not, it's not. At the end of the day, I have been asked to take the job over and we have lost one and won a game.

"We have a big game next week at Hull and I just think in general if I focus on what we want to do next week thinking about the Hull game, that's all I can do.

"If we win games, we win games. That's fantastic for Sunderland Football Club, and we need that. We need to get out of the mire we are in just now, and that's one step to it. But there's a lot to go."

It took the Black Cats just 23 minutes to play themselves into a winning position as Jones collected his third and fourth goals of the season within seconds.

When Andy Reid headed home Steed Malbranque's 39th-minute cross, the victory was assured, and Djibril Cisse's 47th-minute penalty simply rubbed salt into West Brom's wounds.

Baggies boss Tony Mowbray said: "It's not a part of the team I have really been over-concerned about recently, but we didn't defend our box well enough and the first couple of times Sunderland asked any questions, we conceded goals.

"The main thing for me is to put this game behind us very quickly and look forward to the next one. If we win next week and we win the week after and we win the week after, then we will be in mid-table."

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Djibril Cisse
Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion
Football
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Andy Reid
Manchester United
Roy Keane
Steed Malbranque
Hull City

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