STEVE Bruce says Sunderland have seven games to save their season, beginning with the visit of West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
The Black Cats boss is under no illusions that the club has been drawn to the very brink of the relegation dogfight by a dreadful run of results which has seen just one point taken from their last 21.
But he says the squad still has it in them to send supporters into the close season with smiles on their faces.
He told SportMail: “We’ve always known that the sequence of fixtures we’ve been through would be up there with the very toughest of the season and we’ve always known that these last seven games would give us a platform on which we might finish the season strongly.
“The seven games we’ve just had have proved more of a test than expected.
“I certainly expected to take more than one point from them.”
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