Brown - Let's not dwell
Wes Brown has urged his team-mates to pick themselves up after a disappointing derby defeat.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 21/08/11 5:01pm
Sunderland defender Wes Brown has urged his team-mates to pick themselves up after a disappointing derby defeat on Saturday.
The Black Cats lost the first Wear-Tyne meeting of the season as Ryan Taylor's free-kick sealed a dramatic 1-0 win for Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.
Steve Bruce's side have little time to dwell on the matter, though, with a long trip to Brighton ahead of them for Tuesday night's Carling Cup clash.
And Brown, a summer signing from Manchester United, wishes to forget all about his first local derby for his new club and believes his team-mates should do likewise.
"It was a disappointing day and we have just got to keep our heads up now for the game on Tuesday," said the 31-year-old.
"We came out in the second half thinking we could keep going from what we did in the first half, but we just seemed to quieten off, if anything.
"They seemed to get themselves back into it and it was only in the last 10 minutes that we pushed on again."
After opening their season with a creditable draw against Liverpool, Bruce was left ruing his side's missed chances as they aimed to follow up their Anfield point with three more from their first home game of the season.
Bruce remains without a Wear-Tyne win in his time in charge of the Black Cats, and he admits he has some making up to do with the supporters.
He said: "Like the last time, we have got some making-up to do with the public, but I couldn't be more pleased with the way we played in the first half.
"We have got to take it on the chin, the abuse that comes our way. It's part and parcel of it and if it creates a pressure, then we have got to be big enough to handle it."