SAFC boss Bruce returns to defensive drawing board

TRY AGAIN ... Steve Bruce says it back to the drawing board for his defence.
TRY AGAIN ... Steve Bruce says it back to the drawing board for his defence.

STEVE Bruce admitted it was a case of “rip it up and start again”, for him and his coaching staff after Sunderland’s defensive decline continued unabated at the weekend.

All last week at the Academy of Light the squad practised defending set-pieces – the side’s Achilles heel in recent games.

But against Everton on Saturday the Wearsiders were undone by two routine balls pumped forward in open play which they simply failed to handle at the first, second or even third attempt.

And Bruce conceded afterwards that it was becoming increasingly hard to credit the way his side had suddenly become a soft-touch at the back.

“As coaches we’ve really got to ask ourselves where we’re going wrong,” he sighed.

“Maybe we could change personnel.

“But the injury problems have left us down to the bare bones and the fact that we don’t have competition for places could be a problem.”

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