No excuses for SAFC now says Wes Brown

WES BROWN admits Sunderland’s new-look side cannot plead for extra time to find the right formula.

The Black Cats have struggled with teething problems over the opening exchanges of the campaign, with just two points separating Steve Bruce’s side from the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s clash with basement boys Wigan.

Despite bringing in 11 players during the summer, Sunderland have won just twice and failed to find a way past fellow strugglers Fulham at the Stadium of Light last weekend.

Centre-half Brown insists Sunderland’s fresh-faced side deserved some leeway after such a radical overhaul, but believes Bruce’s men should be gelling with a quarter of the campaign gone.

Brown, a £1million acquisition from Manchester United, said: “When a lot of new players come in, it does take a while for them to settle in and to gel.

“But, as far as I’m concerned, we’re through that time now.

“We’ve had enough time together now to know how each other play and to get used to how different individuals want the ball.

“That understanding is there and it is now just a case of putting it all together.

“At times, we’ve put it together and played really, really well. But at other times we have been sloppy and it’s that sloppiness that we have got to get out of our game.”