Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Bramble keen to repay O'Neill's faith

Bramble keen to repay O'Neill's faith

The 2011/12 season wasn't a vintage one for Sunderland centre-back Titus Bramble.

Struggling for form and fitness for chunks of the season, the 30 year-old made just eight league starts for the Black Cats last season.

Off the field, the Ipswich-born stopper saw his campaign interrupted by a court case brought against him for sexual assualt - charges of which he later cleared, however manager Martin O'Neill has stood by the experienced defender throughout.

Speaking to The Chronicle, Bramble acknowledged the value of his manager's backing from the off:

"It was a big confidence boost for me that the manager put me straight into the side when he got here, particularly because of the problems I had at that time,' said Bramble.

"I was injured not long after the boss was appointed and that was very frustrating.

"It was a tear and tendonitis in the achilles, a mixture of both, and it took a while to get over. It was just a case of having to be patient.'

Bramble finished the season back in the side at the heart of the Wearsider's defence, partnering new Norwich City defender Michael Turner at the back.

With O'Neill re-shaping the Sunderland squad, Bramble appears to have avoided a cull at centre-half which saw Turner depart as well as Marcos Angeleri, George McCartney, Cristian Riveros and loanees Wayne Bridge, Nicklas Bendtner and Sotiros Kyriagkos.

The former Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town defender now enters the final 12 months of his contract.



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

Writer:safc123
Date:Saturday August 4 2012
Time: 2:19PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Khan to Fight in the UK

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Denayer Loan Deal Confirmed

Sunderland have confirmed that they have landed defender Jason Denayer from Manchester City on a season-long loan.

Naismith Deal Looks To Be Off

A deal that was supposed to bring Steven Naismith from Norwich City to Sunderland looks to have broken down.

Former Sunderland Defender Joins Chelsea

Former Sunderland defender Marcos Alonso has joined Chelsea from Fiorentina for a fee of £20 million.

Ndong Deal Completed, Record Transfer Fee Beaten

Sunderland have completed the signing of Didier Ndong, for less than the predicted £17 million, but still a record fee for the club at £13.6 million.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Middlesbrough (h)
Suggested By:
Mannone5%
Love1%
O'Shea (off 37)1%
Djilobodji20%
van Aanholt 9%
Rodwell1%
McNair (off 45)1%
Gooch (yellow)46%
Watmore (off 81)1%
Januzaj 4%
Defoe 5%
Pienaar (on 37)2%
Lens (on 46)2%
Asoro (on 81)2%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 3 3 0 0 9 6
2 Chelsea 3 3 0 0 9 5
3 Man Utd 3 3 0 0 9 5
4 Everton 3 2 1 0 7 2
5 Hull City 3 2 0 1 6 2
6 Middlesbrough 3 1 2 0 5 1
7 Spurs 3 1 2 0 5 1
8 Arsenal 3 1 1 1 4 1
9 Leicester City 3 1 1 1 4 0
10 WBA 3 1 1 1 4 0
11 Liverpool 3 1 1 1 4 -1
12 West Ham 3 1 0 2 3 -2
13 Burnley 3 1 0 2 3 -2
14 Swansea 3 1 0 2 3 -2
15 Southampton 3 0 2 1 2 -2
16 Sunderland 3 0 1 2 1 -2
17 Crystal Palace 3 0 1 2 1 -2
18 Watford 3 0 1 2 1 -3
19 AFC Bournemouth 3 0 1 2 1 -3
20 Stoke 3 0 1 2 1 -4
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

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

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Flasher7
2.Buster Ballsack2
3.francis batter1