Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Bruce: Fans Know Turner Is Vital

Bruce: Fans Know Turner Is Vital

When Bruce started to sign central defender after centre half in the Summer many fans questioned his managerial knowledge.

However, the signings he made is the reason we have a chance to continue our league form after losing Bramble and Turner until at least mid January.

As soon as Turner missed the game against Wolves on Saturday we could all see that he is a massive loss to our defensive options. Sunderland had kept six clean sheets, only Chelsea and Man City could better this record and Turner was the main reason for this stat.


Bruce told the Sunderland echo: "Losing Michael is something which has hit us hard in the past and the challenge for us this time is to make sure that it doesn`t prove quite as much of a problem for us this season as it did last season.

"I know one thing for sure and that`s how much of a miss he`s going to be.

"I could be completely wrong, but sometimes I get the impression that our fans don`t really rate Michael at times.

"If there`s a pass goes astray or doesn`t find its man, they seem more displeased with him than other players.

"But I hope I am wrong in thinking that, because he`s an excellent defender.

"Anyone who doesn`t appreciate what he brings to the team, could well realise just what they`ve lost when it`s gone.

"He`s big, strong, brave and powerful. He`s good for us aerially, he`s brave and never shirks a challenge.

"He might not be what you`d call a "silky" player but what a competitor he is and what a good defender."




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gary Johnson
Date:Tuesday November 30 2010
Time: 7:12PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Stats: Everton v Sunderland

All the stats from Everton (2) vs (0) Sunderland, Goodison Park, 25/2/17 Att: 39,595

The Sunderland FC Walking Wounded - Injury Table

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Sunderland FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Larsson Calls For Quick Everton Start

Midfielder Seb Larsson has called on Sunderland to get a quick start in this weekend's game against Everton.

Moyes Admits Selection Dilemma

Manager David Moyes has now met with the media ahead of this weekend's tie against former club Everton.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Sunderland
Write For Vital Sunderland
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Everton MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Pickford0%
Jones0%
Kone0%
O'Shea0%
Oviedo0%
Januzaj0%
Gibson0%
Larsson0%
Ndong0%
Borini0%
Defoe0%
Sub - Honeyman0%
Sub - Khazri0%
Sub - Manquillo0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 26 20 3 3 63 36
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 26 12 8 6 44 15
8 WBA 26 11 7 8 40 4
9 West Ham 26 9 6 11 33 -9
10 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
11 Burnley 26 9 4 13 31 -9
12 Watford 26 8 7 11 31 -13
13 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
14 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 5 14 26 -15
15 Swansea 26 7 3 16 24 -25
16 Middlesbrough 26 4 10 12 22 -9
17 Crystal Palace 26 6 4 16 22 -13
18 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
19 Hull City 26 5 6 15 21 -27
20 Sunderland 26 5 4 17 19 -24
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Mar 5 2017 4:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football