Despite having to make a long midweek trek down south, Steve Bruce is looking forward to an opportunity to get back to winning ways against Brighton in the Carling Cup.
The Black Cats take on Gus Poyet's side on Tuesday night at the Amex Stadium looking to make amends of sorts, having lost the Tyne-Wear derby in front of their own supporters last Saturday.
A solitary strike from Ryan Taylor settled proceedings in a feisty affair at the Stadium of Light, and Bruce is now desperate to erase the defeat from the memory - starting against Brighton.
"I'm as frustrated as anyone else but we can help get rid of that feeling by getting a good result at Brighton," he told SAFC TV.
"We couldn't have wished for a more difficult tie; it'll be a tough game but we're looking forward to it.
"Brighton's home record was fantastic last year and they've carried that over despite being pipped at the post by Kevin Phillips of all people on Saturday.
"But they've had a good start. There's a real feel-good factor for them at the moment with a new home."
He added: "In adversity you find out whether you want people alongside you. We've hit that early. All we can do is come out fighting and show what we're worth.
"Even now people are doubting us. We have to make sure we come through the cup tie and then get a result at Swansea."
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