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Bruce wants improvement with Sunderland on the road

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has got the Black Cats winning at home, but must now turn his attention to their away form. The Black Cats have lost only once at home in the Premier League in six attempts so far - and that to leaders Chelsea.

However, despite securing a fine 2-2 draw at Manchester United last month they have not fared as well on their travels, with four defeats in six games.

He said: "Make no mistake, the threat of the team, especially at home, is going forward.

"Even with 10 men against West Ham, we looked to create lots and lots of chances.

"But we are a bit open and maybe I have got to look at that away from home. I have got to take a bit of responsibility too.

"But we have proved at Manchester that we are capable, even going with two strikers at Old Trafford.

"It's food for thought. I have to say, though, the home form has been the main thing we have improved on. We have now got to try to improve away from home if we possibly can."

However, Bruce knows they may have to be a little more cautious at times, particularly away from home.

He said: "At home, we have got very, very attack-minded players who want to get forward.

"I am not just talking about formations, it is maybe our approach and we have got to be a bit more defensive."

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