Kieran’s sick about let­ting fans down

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KIERAN RICHARD­SON has apol­o­gised to Sun­der­land fans for Mon­day night’s Premier League de­feat at the hands of pro­moted Nor­wich.

The Black Cats trailed 2-0 at Car­row Road be­fore left-back Richard­son’s 86th minute strike gave them hope of res­cu­ing a point.

But Steve Bruce’s men came up short to go down 2-1 and leave their sup­port­ers frus­trated once again ahead of West Brom’s visit to the Sta­dium of Light on Satur­day.

Richard­son said: “I was pleased to score but the re­sult over­all is very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We were on a high af­ter the Stoke game, but we didn’t play well. We had pos­ses­sion in the first half, but it wasn’t ef­fec­tive.

Pres­sure

“It’s a shame be­cause we have let the fans down and I am sorry for that.”

Sun­der­land trounced Stoke 4-0 on Wearside last week­end, a re­sult which eased the pres­sure on Bruce af­ter a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son.

But Leon Bar­nett’s 31st minute strike and Steve Mori­son’s header three min­utes af­ter the break left Sun­der­land too much to do to sal­vage a draw de­spite Richard­son’s late strike.

Richard­son, 26, said: “I thought we were good enough to get back into the game, but it wasn’t to be.

“In the sec­ond half, we didn’t put our foot on the ball at all. We didn’t get in pos­ses­sion, whereas at least we had some of the ball in the first half.

“We still had chances in the sec­ond half, though.

“Con­nor Wick­ham had a chance with a header and was un­lucky – on an­other day that would have gone ei­ther side of the keeper and gone in.”

FEEL­ING THE STRAIN: Bruce

APOL­OGY: Richard­son

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