Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Resilience Deserved More, Says Bruce; Bruce Rues Skipper's Missed Opportunity

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Resilience Deserved More, Says Bruce; Bruce Rues Skipper's Missed Opportunity

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

Arsenal .................................... 2

Sunderland .............................. 1

STEVE Bruce praised Sunderland's resilience yesterday, but argued they might have had something to show for it had Lee Cattermole converted a 35th-minute header, writes STUART RAYNER.

The Black Cats fell behind to the quickest goal of the Premier League season at Arsenal yesterday, Robin van Persie finding the net after 29 seconds. Despite being put under huge pressure in the opening 25 minutes, Sunderland came from behind for the second game in succession, equalising from a free-kick by former Gunner Sebastian Larsson.

Four minutes later Cattermole's close-range header from Stphane Sessgnon's cross produced a brilliant save from Wojciech Szczesny, but Bruce (pictured left) was disappointed his captain had not found the net. It proved costly when van Persie scored a free-kick of his own with eight minutes left.

"That's been our season so far," said Bruce. "We've played badly probably once in the eight games - against Norwich, which we're disappointed with.

"We showed a huge amount of resilience to get back into it because it was an awful start to be one down after 30 seconds.

"It gave them a huge, big lift and for 20 minutes we had to stick in there. All credit to them, we stuck in there and Seb got us back in it with a wonder goal. The big turning point for me was the miss just before half-time (by Cattermole). Had we taken that, it might have been a different story. "I'd be disappointed not to stick that in from three yards and I'm sure Lee will be tonight. It was a great save, let's be fair, but he'll be disappointed from that position. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know (what the mood was like) and we know what it's like to play in a grumbling stadium, believe me! …

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