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Sunderland boss Bruce on Norwich career: Fans wanted me out after 22 minutes!

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is proud of his time at Norwich City.

However, he former Manchester United and Birmingham City defender recalls his debut in which he endured a disastrous 90 minutes after scoring a first-minute own goal against Liverpool.

He said: "In my first game for Norwich, I scored an own goal after 30 seconds - it was against Liverpool at home - and I think I scored a second own goal as well about 22 minutes later.

"(Kenny) Dalglish cut inside Dave Watson - if you remember Dalglish's trick, his favourite one, he cut inside and bent it in the far corner with his left foot.

"I was on the line and I tried to get my head on that. I headed it and I headed that one in as well, so I had got two own goals after 28 minutes.

"I think they were calling for my head that day as well - 'Who's this clown we have bought here from Gillingham? Get him back to Gillingham'.

"Six months later, we were winning the cup against Sunderland, ironically, at Wembley.

"I had gone from the third division to playing in the first division, as it was then, so for that, I will always be grateful to Norwich.

"I had a wonderful three-and-a-half years. I enjoyed every minute of it.

"We won a cup, we got relegated, we got promoted, finished fifth in the old first division, so it was a good time."

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