Steve Bruce says Liverpool draw leaves him confident for derby

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STEVE Bruce says Sunderland will go into this weekend’s derby game against Newcastle on the front foot following their positive performance on Merseyside over the weekend.

Liverpool on Merseyside was one of the most daunting fixtures Sunderland could have been handed to kick off their 2011-12 campaign.

But having managed to get something from the game at Anfield there was a buzz in the Sunderland camp afterwards and Bruce will look to build on that this week.

“The result gives us a bit of confidence,” the Sunderland manager acknowledged.

“And I think what really pleased me was that having gone a goal down away from home, we stuck at it and eventually turned the game around.

“That takes some doing, especially at a place like Anfield and that’s what I really liked.

“It’s fair to say that we got away with it a little bit in the first 20 minutes.

“We gave the ball away badly and I wasn’t happy about that but we got over that period and the longer the game went on the more belief we got and the more we started to keep the ball better.

“ I think that was the key to it for me - keeping the ball better.

“We had to handle a lot in the first 20 minutes but we rode our luck, improved as the game went on and in all honesty, in the last 20 minutes, we looked more likely to win it.

“If there was one team that was going to win it in the closing stages, it was us.”

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