Titus Bramble

Bramble's vital intervention

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by Stuart Vose

Defender speaks after key block secures point.

Titus Bramble was glad to be on hand to rescue a point for Sunderland against Swansea on Tuesday night.

Bramble, playing alongside John O’Shea, produced a key block in the final minutes of injury time to preserve the Black Cats’ clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

The ball dropped into [Graham’s] path and it was a good ball in, but as a defender you just have to get yourself in the way and I managed to do that

- Titus Bramble

Michu’s cushioned feed found substitute Danny Graham, who looked set to tap home from six yards before Bramble threw himself in the way of the ball to snuff out the danger.

“It was one of those where you throw your body in the way and hope for the best,” the defender admitted afterwards.

“Fortunately I managed to get a block on it and we got a point.

“The ball dropped into [Graham’s] path and it was a good ball in, but as a defender you just have to get yourself in the way and I managed to do that.”

Sunderland’s fourth 0-0 draw of the campaign featured few opportunities and Bramble felt the stalemate was about the right outcome.

And he highlighted just how difficult Sunderland’s task was in playing against a Swansea side who recently reached the final of the Capital One Cup.

“I think a draw was a fair result as neither team created too many chances,” he said.

“You have to look at what Swansea did to Chelsea recently.

“They are a great passing side who play with plenty of confidence and we had to be on our guard.”

Bramble added: “We’re disappointed we didn’t create much, but Saturday [against Reading] is another game now.”