Titus Bramble

Bramble relishing first-team chance

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by Stuart Vose

Defender guarding against complacency.

Titus Bramble is enjoying a run in the Sunderland side but says he’s on the look-out against complacency.

The centre-back has played in all but one of Sunderland’s games in 2013 – a total of seven successive starts.

The experienced campaigner is delighted to be in Martin O’Neill’s starting side, but knows he has to keep pushing.

I’m enjoying my football. Everyone wants to be in the team and that’s when you’re at your happiest

- Titus Bramble

“Every player wants a run in the side and in recent weeks I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do that,” Bramble said.

“You never know if you are going to be in the team from week to week, so it’s important to keep working hard in training to make sure of your place.

“This is one of the longer runs I’ve had and I’m really happy to be playing.

“I’m enjoying my football. Everyone wants to be in the team and that’s when you’re at your happiest.”

Sunderland have had a number of injuries to centre-backs this season, including John O’Shea and Carlos Cuellar who have both spent time on the sidelines.

Both are now back in action, with O’Shea in the side alongside Bramble and both Cuellar and Matt Kilgallon attempting to push into the side from the substitutes’ bench.

Bramble has been in the position the latter pair now occupy and says staying focused helped him to be ready when his chance did come along.

“That’s why you have to keep impressing in training, so that when the chance comes you’re ready for it,” he explained.

“There’s been chances for everyone this season because injuries and suspensions do happen.”