Sunderland’s Bramble rues missed opportunities against Reading and Arsenal

Titus Bramble challenges Wojciech Szczesny
Titus Bramble challenges Wojciech Szczesny

TITUS Bramble admits that Sunderland’s back-to-back Premier League defeats must both be classed as missed opportunities.

Sunderland’s wastefulness in front of goal has proved costly against Reading and Arsenal after the Black Cats were presented with golden chances in the closing stages of each encounter.

At the Madejski Stadium nine days ago, the Black Cats spurned three late opportunities before Reading’s winner and in Saturday’s 1-0 loss, Sunderland were somehow unable to find a leveller against the 10-man Gunners.

With Sunderland’s squad heading to Dubai today for six days of warm-weather training, Bramble knows the Wearsiders must prove more clinical in their next game at West Brom on Saturday week.

Bramble said: “Against Arsenal and Reading, we could have won both games, but we’ve come away with nothing to show.

“It’s obviously disappointing and we’re not in action next Saturday in the FA Cup.

“But we’ve got two weeks to prepare for West Brom, so hopefully we can go there and get something.”

Bramble was one of those who was guilty in front of goal after the centre-half couldn’t make a clean connection with a left-foot volley from six yards out.

But he was not the only one, as Sunderland couldn’t make a dominant final 25 minutes count against a makeshift Arsenal back-line that hung on doggedly.

The 31-year-old added: “They defended really well. We had a lot of shots in that last half an hour, so it was just frustrating that we weren’t able to get a result.

“It was just one of those games where we could have been there all day and we wouldn’t have got the equaliser.

“We tried, we plugged away, but without any success.

“With the amount of chances we created, on another day we score three or four goals.

“But it just wasn’t the case.

“As a neutral, I think it was a great game to watch. It was certainly a good game to play in. The only bad thing was the result.”