Criticism is ridiculous - Bruce

Manager Steve Bruce is "shocked" by the "ridiculous" criticism he is receiving for Sunderland's poor start.

Bruce says he "understands the fans' frustration" having only won one of their opening seven games, but asks for "patience" for his new players to settle into the team.

Speaking after his side's 2-2 draw with West Brom, Bruce says his side experienced a "difficult" afternoon, but are determined to improve.

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