Sunderland manager Steve Bruce vows to seek out new strikers after stalemate with Fulham

The former Wigan boss aiming to sort out "Achilles heel" up front as relegation worries deepen on Wearside ahead of showdown with the Latics next week
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has pledged to do his utmost to bolster his side’s attacking options after a stalemate with fellow strugglers Fulham at the Stadium of Light.

As the opening of the January transfer window looms, the Black Cats boss has vowed to try to fill the void left by the likes of Darren Bent, Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck at the Wearside club.

“For the large part I was very pleased with our performance apart from not scoring and if we look back that was our Achilles heel,” Bruce told reporters at his post-match press conference.

“This time last year we had Welbeck, Bent and Gyan who are all natural goalscorers and Fraizer Campbell comes into the equation as well. That is arguably as good as this club has ever had and unfortunately for one reason and another we have lost them.

“We have to get better in that respect because that is what we have lost. Today we created enough but didn’t take any of the chances. We were very limited with what we had available.

“So we will do our utmost to keep searching and looking and trying to find the right one. Of course we will. That is my job and that is our job – to move the club forward. That is the one thing we have to address. We know that. But it is very difficult because that is where we were better than the 12 teams who we are in the mix with. We can name all the top teams.”

The former Manchester United skipper admitted to being dissatisfied with the outcome of the game as his team failed to get going against the Cottagers.

“We are frustrated, we can’t be pleased but there were a lot of aspects of our game that we did very well,” added Bruce.

“To be fair we went all over the show in the last ten minutes which was ridiculous when we were chasing the win and left ourselves exposed.

“On the other hand there is a settled look defensively and the goalkeeper did fantastically well. Gradually we are looking better. So there are a few positives we can take and their goalkeeper pulled off a remarkable save at the end.

“We just needed a goal to get us up and running but Schwarzer has done that countless times to me. I thought it was in and then everything is hunky dory but we might have to wait another week.”

And after a disappointing start to the season, with his side lying in 15th, Bruce admits he is under pressure but has the perfect chance to ease some of that against struggling his old side Wigan next week.

“Pressure is always here and always will be here,” the former Latics boss added. “We know we have a big game coming up against Wigan next Saturday but there is something like three points separating 12 teams.

“When I arrived the home form was poor and over the last year it has been disappointing again and there is no disputing that.

“The one thing you need to do is play well in front of your home supporters but the vast majority can see what we are trying to do and that we are improving.

“We have lost twice at home and one of those was against Chelsea. If we produce a really good home performance that will settle everyone down.”