Sunderland v Wigan: Match preview


Sunderland v Wigan
Barclays Premier League
Stadium of Light
Saturday, November 26. Kick-off: 1500


Kieran Richardson could play in an advanced role for Sunderland as Steve Bruce attempts to increase Sunderland's attacking potency.

Bruce has also seen Frazier Campbell return to training this week, but the striker is not yet fit to play.

For Wigan, Franco Di Santo faces a last minute assessment and James McCarthy is still struggling with a groin problem.


Bruce wants Bendtner selfishness

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes Nicklas Bendtner needs to develop a selfish streak in order to find the net with more regularity.

The on-loan Arsenal striker has scored only twice for the Black Cats this term as Bruce's side struggle for Barclays Premier League consistency.

Bruce has, however, seen enough from the 23-year-old to suggest he can haul Sunderland further away from the relegation zone.

And the former Manchester United defender hopes Bendtner can start doing just that against Wigan on Saturday.

"He's such a good footballer," he said. "His link-up play is excellent and he drifts into wide areas terrifically well. He is very comfortable.

"But he needs to be a bit more selfish and go and play for himself.

"Goalscorers are usually selfish. They are not bothered, they just want to score a goal and that's all they are interested in.

"Strikers are judged by goals. You can be a good player, a very good player, but you are judged by goals, so we have got to try to change Nick's mentality slightly to get him into that and score more goals.

"Nick has got to try to get that mentality if he can.

"He is very, very capable - he has got five in five for his country - so we need him to go and score a few for us if he can."

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