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Bruce - Let's move on

Sunderland manager marvels at the recovery of his team

Bruce: Enjoying renaissance

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Steve Bruce has warned his Sunderland team that their season will stall if they bask in the triumph over Chelsea for too long.

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Sunderland produced a scintillating display at Stamford Bridge last season to claim an emphatic 3-0 win over the champions.

Indeed, the result was all the more spectacular considering their lacerating 5-1 defeat to Newcastle in the Tyne- Wear derby a fortnight earlier.

Yet, despite their heroics, Bruce has challenged his charges to try and replicate that form on a consistent basis.

"Apart from the Newcastle debacle, we have been playing very well," said Bruce.

"That's the top seven we have played against and been undefeated.

"We have played very well against Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, without maybe that cutting edge.

"On Sunday, we had that cutting edge where every time we went forward, we looked a threat.

"To have 18 attempts on Chelsea's goal is remarkable, to say the least. I think I had 18 attempts in 10 years.

"It was a wonderful performance - but its history and we must look forward to the next game now.

"It was good for everybody concerned and we have hit standards we hope we can keep setting."

Rebuilding

Sunderland are still rebuilding from that gut-wrenching derby defeat which erased all of the previous good form they had shown so far this term.

This is illustrated by the fact that they have only lost two Premier League games this season, however, they would had been higher up the table had they not drawn seven.

Of the teams that finished in the top 10 last term, Sunderland have already faced nine and will complete the set on Monday when they play Everton on Monday.

Since losing to Newcastle, the Black Cats have gone on to beat Stoke, drawn at Tottenham and triumphed over Chelsea, a run which Bruce thinks depicts just how unpredictable his profession can be.

"To get seven points from nine from Stoke, Spurs and Chelsea and to play with such energy was terrific to see," he added.

"It will repair a bit of damage from Newcastle. It goes to show how crazy football is.

"Two weeks ago, we were hung, drawn and quartered, and rightly so.

"But the one thing we were wanting from everybody - and a big pat on the back for the people who work with me - we needed to have a response.

"We were all doom and gloom for two or three days, and we looked at Stoke at home, Tottenham away and Chelsea away as pretty daunting.

"To come out of it the way we have has been terrific. We live to fight another day."

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