STEVE Bruce hopes his good fortune holds this weekend when another of his “lucky” teams face Sunderland.
The Black Cats notched only their second victory of the season last weekend when they beat Bolton Wanderers - a club Bruce has an enviable record against.
He had won all four of his Sunderland games against the Trotters and last Saturday made it five in a row.
This weekend, he hopes another club he has enjoyed good results against, Aston Villa, continues the trend.
“Sometimes as a manager you just seem to have sides where you develop great records and sides where your record is not so great.
“Bolton and Villa are two teams I seem to enjoy regular success against as a manager and I’d love that record to hold up this weekend because back-to-back wins would make such a difference.
“Win two in a row and all of a sudden you get a bit of momentum and in terms of your league position, it can make a really significant difference.”
Sunderland could leapfrog Villa and go as high as eighth if they win this weekend.
And Bruce hopes past performance will prove to be a good indicator of future success.
“I had a decent record as Birmingham manager,” he said. “I remember getting Birmingham promoted just under 10 years ago and then doing the double over Villa in our first season back, when Villa were very much the bigger and more established side.
“The next season we drew both games and the season after that we did the double again, so unbeaten in six derbies was not bad going.
“Come to think of it, I wouldn’t have minded saving a bit of my derby luck for the North East!”
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