Nicklas Bendtner celebrates his first goal for Sunderland.
Nicklas Bendtner celebrates his first goal for Sunderland.

STEVE Bruce said his players made a point, as well as earning one, when they fought back from the most horrendous of starts on Saturday.

Two goals down inside the first five minutes and with the crowd threatening to turn on them, Sunderland’s players could have crumbled or come out fighting against West Brom.

They took the latter option and Bruce could hardly have been more pleased with them.

“What was I thinking when we went two goals down?” he mused. “I was thinking ‘this is going to test them’.

“I was thinking ‘I’ll find out what some of them are made of’, because it was the ultimate test.

“Let’s be honest, though, they were terrific.

“Their effort and their endeavour got them back in.

“They know what’s expected at Sunderland and they did everything they could to deliver.”

The Black Cats’ boss felt there was further evidence at the weekend that in his current squad there is a really decent Premier League side struggling to get out.

“We’ve got some good players and given time we’ll be okay,” he insisted.

“Given time we’ll be where we want to be – with a bit of luck.”

Read Graeme Anderson’s full report in today’s Sportmail.