Bruce wants Henderson goals
Steve Bruce is hoping to see Jordan Henderson get his name on the scoresheet more often.
Last Updated: 02/05/11 3:52pm
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is hoping to see Jordan Henderson get his name on the scoresheet between now and the end of the season.
The midfielder has been utilised out wide in recent weeks and Bruce believes when the youngster plays down the flanks he has more licence to get forward.
Henderson bagged a brace in Sunderland's recent 4-2 home success over Wigan and the Black Cats boss wants to see more of the same before the season ends.
Sunderland have struggled for fit strikers this term and Bruce hopes additional goals from the midfield department will be able to ease the pressure on their attacking threats.
"The one thing about him when he plays on the right, he does arrive in the box and it seems to give him a bit more licence to get forward," said Bruce.
"That suited him, and for him to score a couple of goals was terrific.
"That's what he needs to improve - the kid knows that. The good thing about him is, as you have seen, when he does get there, he finishes. When he gets a chance, he can finish.
"We have to keep working on it, to arrive in the box and want to get in there. He can be a threat."
Sunderland tackle Bolton, Wolves and West Ham in their final three games and Bruce is hoping they can end their season on a high following a woeful run.
"We couldn't have wished for a better run-in, even though they are big games because they are teams who are fighting for their lives," he continued.
"But we know against the teams we are playing in the next few weeks, we are capable of getting a result.
"I would rather be going to, no disrespect, the Reebok at Bolton or West Ham rather than Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, so we have got a chance.
"The one thing I know about the Premier League is it's always a hard game. It doesn't matter who you play against, you have to be at the top of your game."