SUNDERLAND 1 CHELSEA 2

Nicklas Bendtner goes for the ball against Chelsea's John Terry.
Nicklas Bendtner goes for the ball against Chelsea's John Terry.
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STEVE Bruce has praised Nicklas Bendtner for a solid Sunderland debut and said he saw signs of a Black Cats team coming together, despite Saturday’s home defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

Starlet Daniel Sturridge showed Fernando Torres exactly how to do it with an outrageous strike as they beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

With the £50million man sitting on the bench, Sturridge produced an outrageous back-heeled finish to wrap up a comfortable victory.

Skipper John Terry had opened the scoring with an 18th-minute shot after Juan Mata’s free-kick had hit the woodwork, but it was left to the former Manchester City man to complete the job in style six minutes after the break, with substitute Ji Dong-won’s injury-time strike counting for little.

With Gyan now departed, Bendtner made his first appearance for the Black Cats playing as a lone striker and not alongside the Ghana international.

Read full match report and reaction to Asamoah Gyan’s shock departure in today’s Sportmail.