Bruce’s head on chopping block

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JOHN O’Shea has admitted Sunderland need to return to winning ways sooner rather than later if they are to save Steve Bruce’s job.

Wigan substitute Franco Di Santo sparked a furious response from home fans at the Stadium of Light with an injury-time strike which secured a 2-1 victory for the club which started the day at the foot of the Premier table.

For the first time, the silent majority joined forces with the vocal minority which has been demanding the manager’s head.

O’Shea knows just how significant next weekend’s trip to Wolves and Blackburn’s visit to Wearside seven days later could prove. He said: “You see the attendances we are getting, the fans coming to support us and especially at home, we haven’t had as many wins as we would have liked. That’s something we have got to change quickly because if you want to stay in the Premier, your home form is key. We are going to have to definitely change that.”