Writer: Gary Johnson
Date:Friday November 19 2010
Stadium of Light
Sunderland could not have asked for a better recovery after the derby day demolition. 7 points from a possible 9 and victory over the current champions Chelsea on their own ground!
Sunderland will be flying with confidence after a good week for international players also.
Everton have lost their last game but do enjoy playing against SAFC as they are currently 12 games unbeaten against us.
Bruce will be looking for more home comforts as Sunderland prepare to face four games after this that are all potentially winnable.
'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.'
'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.'
Sunderland will have top goal scorer Bent back from a hamstring injury after missing three games.
Welbeck is also fit after being pulled out of the England U21 squad this week.
Sunderland will still be without Mensah due to a shoulder problem.
After an amazing run of games against Spurs and Chelsea, Welbeck has come into his own with SAFC.
He won MOM against the champions and will be looking to continue his form against Everton this Monday.
Everton have a fully fit squad apart from Fellaini who serves a 3 match suspension.
The man who knocked Sunderland out of Europe as we played Milwall in the FA Cup semi-final.
Always scores against Sunderland and not popular at all amongst the Mackems.
Let's hope he fails to impress as Sunderland look to stay in the top half of the league.
Everton are winless in their last three outings.
The Black Cats have kept clean sheets in their last three home matches.
Referee: Peter Walton Assistant referees: Scott Ledger & Dean Mohareb Fourth official: Phil Dowd
Sunderland 1 - 0 Everton Sunderland are flying with confidence and we almost have a fully fit squad. It will all depend on the team and formation but with Bent and Gyan starting together against an average Everton team this season I can see another victory at home.
Sunderland head to bottom three placed Wolves next weekend.
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Date:Friday November 19 2010
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