Sunderland manager Steve Bruce praises 'outstanding' Kieran Richardson after Blackpool brace

Black Cats boss claims he won't be rushed into making January signings
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has praised Kieran Richardson after the winger scored two goals in the club's 2-1 win over Blackpool.

Bruce moved Richardson up front after facing something of a crisis in the striking department following the sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa and the Black Cats boss was quick to praise "the outstanding player on the pitch".

"I must have asked him to play in five or six positions this season and certainly in that position he enjoys it, it’s something he revels in," he said. "He was the outstanding player on the pitch. In the first half he was brilliant, his pace was superb.

"In adversity we always respond. The derby comes to mind and of course this week there could have always been another effect.

"We could have felt sorry for ourselves but all credit to them, they produced one of our better performances away from home and we’re delighted to avenge the defeat at the Stadium of Light."

"He’s capable of it, the first one and the second one were good finishes."

Bruce also admitted that he may be in the market to sign a replacement for Bent up front, with UK recently revealing that Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is on the ex-Manchester United centre-back's radar.

He said: "If we look at what we’ve got coming up in February and March, that’s five games and another eight or nine in April and May.

"By then we should have [Danny] Welbeck, we should have [Michael] Turner and we should have Frazer Campbell. If a deal is to be done then we will look into it but I won’t be rushing into anything."

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