Bruce to fight on at Sunderland

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Defiant Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has vowed to see his mission through after watching his side drag themselves back from the brink of disaster.

The Black Cats trailed 2-0 at home to West Brom within five minutes of kick-off at the end of a week which started with a 2-1 defeat at promoted Norwich and then saw defender Titus Bramble end up in a police cell.

After hauling themselves back into the game and snatching a point, Bruce said: "Listen, it's what I do. I am a football manager and you do it. It would have been quite easy to stay at Wigan, you know, no expectation. But I wanted to come and have the challenge of this."

He added: "It has certainly taught me a lot, but I am determined as ever to see it through and if there are any doubters, I will prove them wrong, which I have always tried to do."

Asked what his emotions were at 2-0, Bruce said: "I just thought, 'This is going to test them, and I will find out what some of them are made of', because it was the ultimate test, let's be honest, and I thought they were terrific."

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson was delighted at the way his side responded to having their early lead cancelled out.

He said: "It was too early, wasn't it? There were 90 minutes left to play when we were 2-0 up, so the game starts all over again.

"But I think we should give credit to Sunderland for really mounting a strong challenge and getting over the disappointment of a poor start both in terms of conceding goals and maybe giving the ball away far more than Steve would like in that early spell.

"At half-time, it was up to us to get our minds right again and not to think about the fact that we had been 2-0 up, but to make sure that we got ourselves organised enough to get a result in the second half, a result being either a draw or a victory.

"You have got to put it out of your mind because if you are not careful, you really waste your chance because you go from 2-0 up to 2-3 or 2-4."

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