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Bramble on disappointing afternoon

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by Kate Smith

Titus rues missed chances.

Titus Bramble has given his verdict following Sunderland’s away-day draw at Upton Park.

Defender Bramble admits that Sunderland had a hatful of chances to come away from the capital with their first three points of the season, but just couldn’t find that killer instinct.

The Black Cats took an early lead thanks to Steven Fletcher’s fourth goal in three games, but were cruelly denied the win when Kevin Nolan popped up with an injury-time leveller for the Hammers.

Today was a battle. There were lots of high balls, as you would expect with West Ham but that’s what I’m here to do.

- Titus Bramble

Following the game, Bramble told safc.com: “Their late equaliser was a massive disappointment. We had loads of chances to put the game to bed when we were 1-0 up.

“We knew what West Ham were all about  and we had a game plan – it’s just a shame we couldn’t kill the game off.

“Today was a battle. There were lots of high balls, as you would expect with West Ham but that’s what I’m here to do – me and Sheasy [John O’Shea] – to go for those balls, and that was meat and drink for us today."

The Upton Park clash was the 31-year-old’s first start of the season, after he made a substitute appearance in the home draw with Liverpool last week.

“I’m not a young lad any more, I’ve not got legs like I used to have – I prefer a physical game rather than having to run the channels," he said.

“Against Liverpool it wasn’t easy coming on off the bench. I got to start today and I think I did okay."

“We’re unbeaten in the league I’m happy to be back in the picture, there is competition for places so when you get your chance you have to take it.”