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Bruce will battle on as Sunderland fans vent their spleen at manager

Defiant Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will continue to lead the Wearsiders after calls for his head from disgruntled Black Cats fans after last Saturday's 1-0 defeat by arch-rivals Newcastle, which followed a Carling Cup exit to Championship Brighton. He said: "It engulfs you with two results, which I find disappointing. But I have to accept it and realise that's the way it is up here and I am not going to change it.

"That's why loads of managers have probably sat here and struggled and found it difficult because of what engulfs you straight away.

"It shows you how difficult it is up here. The mass hysteria, I find some of it pathetic, to be honest.

"But then again, you come to expect it. It's two games, and nobody is going to tell me in that Newcastle game that they were far better than us. They weren't.

"We made a mistake for the goal and were punished for it. I have seen the game three times over and nobody is going to tell me that we didn't deserve any better.

"We deserved to get something out of the game. That's how it was."

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