Bruce keeps careful check on Barrow boys

Bruce keeps careful check on Barrow boys

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has warned his injury-hit squad not to allow non-league Barrow to deny them their best chance of silverware this season.

The Blue Square Premier side head for the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup third round on Saturday backed by a travelling support of 7,200 and determined to pull off a major shock.

However, Bruce, a winner as a player in his Manchester United days, believes the Black Cats can launch a lengthy run in the competition this weekend.

He said: “If you are a player or a manager, we have all been involved in a horrible one where an upset can happen, and that’s what we must guard against.

“We have seen it. We have seen it with the biggest clubs – Manchester United losing to Bournemouth after being holders of the FA Cup – we have all seen it over the years.

“That’s the magic of it. It’s a horrible time of year to play these games because of the weather, the pitches.

“Thankfully, we have got a home draw. We couldn’t have asked for anything better than a home draw and as I have said since I walked through the door here, our best chance of doing anything is in a cup competition.

“We know we are capable of winning five or six games, and that’s what you have to do to win a cup.

“We are capable and if you keep getting the draws you hope you can and stay at home, you have got a chance.”

However, Bruce, who already has defender Michael Turner suspended, will once again have to contend with a lengthy injury list which seems likely to rob him of nine players.

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