Wounded Wes ready to move on

by Kate Smith

Defender looking for reaction after Spurs defeat.

Following Monday night’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, Wes Brown said the side are determined to make amends to Sunderland supporters.

Brown, who was skipper for the game at White Hart Lane, delivered his post-match verdict bearing battle wounds after colliding with Spurs youngster Harry Kane.

The former Manchester United man played the last 30 minutes of the game with a black eye but confessed that he felt more pain for the supporters who had made the long trip to London for the game.

“It was bitterly disappointing after starting off so well,” Brown told

“We let Spurs back in the game and they put pressure on us and eventually they got their second goal. We knew it was going to be difficult and that we couldn’t let our heads drop, but we just seemed to do that.”

“The fans were brilliant throughout; I’m so disappointed for them, travelling down to London and then having to make the long journey back after that score line.”

Next up for Sunderland is the chance to complete a season double over Roberto Martinez’s Everton, something Brown is fully focused on.

Gus Poyet’s side defied the odds over the Christmas break and left Goodison Park with all three points following a hard fought Boxing Day clash.

Brown is hoping the team can play with the same endeavour when the Toffees visit the Stadium of Light in the return fixture on Saturday.

“We need to play with no less than 100%,” he added.

“We’ve got to go out there and play with pride and the belief that we pull something out of the bag, for the fans and for ourselves.”