Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nos Has Thrown Down Gauntlet!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nos Has Thrown Down Gauntlet!

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER

STEVE BRUCE says Nyron Nosworthy has 'thrown down the gauntlet' and staked his claim for a regular first-team spot.

The summer arrivals of defenders Michael Turner, Paulo Da Silva and John Mensah have made Nosworthy a fringe figure in the first half of the campaign, but the former Gillingham man turned in a man-of-the-match display at right-back after being drafted into the side against Portsmouth last weekend in place of the suspended Phil Bardsley. The 29-year-old kept his place for the midweek defeat against Aston Villa and could make it three starts in a row when Sunderland go to Manchester City on Saturday.

Black Cats boss Bruce said: "Nyron was our best player against Portsmouth, so he's thrown down the gauntlet and said 'you can't leave me out'.

"Phil Bardsley was available again for the Villa game but Nyron had done so well that I kept him in the team.

"That's what I get paid for - for making decisions, sometimes horrible ones to leave someone out."

Nosworthy's contract was due to expire at the end of the season, when he could have moved on for nothing, but all it took was an assurance from Bruce that he has a future on Wearside to convince the popular defender to sign a new two-year deal.

Bruce said: "When he was out of the team, Nyron knocked on my door and you would expect him to because if you've got anything about you as a player and you're not in the team, you are going to ask the question.

"Nuggsy asked me whether it would be better for him to move on, but I didn't want him to do that - I wanted him to stay and sign a new deal, and he did that.

"He knows he is part of the squad.

"He was out of contract in the summer and he could easily have moved on in January or at the end of the season, but he wanted to stay.

"I think he quite enjoys the cult status he has here and the supporters like him because, while he might not be blessed with the most natural ability, they know he gives everything he has got. …

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