Bruce backs Whelan to recover from Villa error
Steve Bruce believes that Glenn Whelan can recover from the error which cost his Aston Villa side some Championship points.
A slack back-pass from Whelan gifted Derby County the opening goal in a 2-0 win away to Villa on Saturday but Bruce felt there was no need to hammer the Ireland midfielder.
"It is part and parcel of football. We've all made them," said Bruce.
"Glenn is an experienced international football and there's nobody more disappointed than he will be now. However he's been very, very good for us and he will continue to be. Up until then he was playing very well.
"But he made a mistake and you have to get on with it. He wasn't alone, There were far too many (mistakes) for my liking all over the pitch," Bruce added.
One Ireland player who came in for praise was Darron Gibson, hailed for his role in a badly-needed win for Sunderland at home to Fulham.
The 1-0 victory was the first home win in a year for the Black Cats and boss Chris Coleman was very pleased with the part played by Gibson.
"he was the only really natural holding midfielder we had, so he was in there a lot by himself," says Coleman.
"He had to cover a lot of ground because you don't want to stop George (Honeyman) and Lynden (Gooch) from running forward. "But it wasn't just that, I felt his decision-making was excellent, talking to the players around him, staying central unless he really had to move. He's been excellent the last two games."
Gibson has enjoyed a good spell in the Sunderland side, as has John O'Shea, though compatriot Aiden McGeady has dropped down in the pecking order and was an unused sub in their last game. "We've got to keep doing what we've been doing, which is nudging forward slowly, but at least we are going forward. "They were buzzing in the dressing room. It's been a good week," added Coleman.