Bruce remaining optimistic


Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is confident the tide will turn for his players as they attempt to start their season in earnest.

Sunderland have won only two of their 12 Barclays Premier League games to date in the current campaign on their way to a points total of just 11, and the manager knows that will have to improve significantly if they are to build upon last season's top-10 finish.

Bruce said: "I only think we have played badly once, which was Norwich. In the games we have played, we have shown a bit of character and something about us."

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