Bruce bemoans lack of quality

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce admitted his side lacked a cutting edge as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in their final home game of the Premier League season.

A first-half effort from Nani was enough to keep the Red Devils' title dream alive but Bruce was quick to pay tribute to the home fans.

Speaking to SAFC TV, Bruce said:"We huffed and puffed but if I'm honest we lacked that little bit of composure and the final ball, which we've been so good at here.

"We missed that final pass or bit of control – the little things which make a difference. It wasn't our day. It was a great finish by Nani but we were disappointed with the goal as he's had two or three stabs at it.

"I'd like to thank the fans for their support today and for the reception we received walking around the pitch at the end of the game.

"If that's the kind of reception we get for finishing tenth it makes me even more determined to push onwards and upwards."

Sunderland's Stadium of Light campaign ended on a sour note for David Meyler, who was stretchered off with a nasty looking knee injury.

The 20-year-old required oxygen as he left the pitch in considerable discomfort and the initial prognosis doesn't look good.

"It was horrific," Bruce added."We'll monitor it over the next 24 to 48 hours but it doesn't look great.

"The kid's had such an impact but it looks a nasty one. We hope it's not too bad but we fear the worst at the moment.

"He over-extended going for the ball and opened up his knee joint. We just hope we have a bit of luck with the scans."

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