Writer: Gary Johnson
Date:Friday April 8 2011
Stadium of Light
It is typical that 6 weeks ago we looked at this game as a certain win as we aimed for a Euro slot and now we head into it with relegation over our shoulders! Only Sunderland could change this in only a month and a half!
WBA have the third best form in the league, we are currently bottom of the form table.
Things must change and Bruce must make changes in his starting eleven in order to get back to winning ways.
If we win this we will be on 41 points and the pressure will be off and we can play relaxed football. If we lose, we head to Birmingham and Wigan with mountains of pressure heaped on to us.
COME ON LADS, LET'S GET THE ALL IMPORTANT THREE POINTS AND STOP WORRYING!!!
"Roy`s a very experienced man," said Bruce.
"He didn`t have any real luck at Liverpool and it didn`t quite happen for him there.
"He`s gone down to West Brom and turned them around.
"He`s given them a real fighting chance of staying up," he said.
"Up until six or seven weeks ago, you looked at them and you wondered whether they were gone.
"They will be difficult opponents because they`ve got some good players. They`re not as free-flowing as they were under Roberto Di Matteo.
"But they have some exciting wide men and they`re big from set-pieces too so they`ll be a difficult nut to crack."
Sunderland will bring back Richardson who looks likely to replace the out of form Henderson.
It is rumoured that Steed Malbranque will also replace Muntari in the middle.
Nedum Onouha is eligible to play after missing the 5-0 thrashing against his parent club Man City.
Kieron, who helped save WBA stay in the Premier League a few seasons ago, will be crucial for our last seven games.
He brings drive to the middle, versatility across the pitch and sometimes leadership we are badly missing.
James Morrison will return from injury but the game against us will come too soon for Graham Dorrans.
He scored the winner against us earlier this season and has notched another nine in the league since.
He will be a handful for our fragile defence and we need to make sure we close him down to have a chance of grabbing all three points.
According to Opta, the Baggies have attempted 503 shots - which is more than Manchester United.
The Black Cats are winless in seven league matches, losing six and drawing one.
Referee: Peter Walton Assistant referees: Andy Garratt & Andy Newbold Fourth official: Martin Atkinson
Sunderland 2 - 0 WBA We MUST win!
Another bottom of the table decider that we are involved in.
Sunderland head to St. Andrews to hopefully build on this weekends performance.
Date:Friday April 8 2011
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