Asamoah Gyan scored his second goal for Sunderland in his first full debut against a determined West Ham side in their League Cup third round fixture but that was not enough to prevent his side from losing to West Ham at the Stadium of Light.Steve Bruce admitted he had no complaints after Sunderland were knocked out of the League Cup third round 2-1 by West Ham inside the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.Goals either side of half time from Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna secured the Hammers’ first away victory for exactly 401 days.
Asamoah Gyan pulled one back on his full debut but Sunderland couldn’t find the equaliser despite some late pressure.And Bruce admitted The Black Cats were beaten fair and square by a Hammers side who picked up their first victory of the season.“It was disappointing all round. We looked flat from the moment we started,” he told reporters.“Our edge wasn’t with us and we paid the price for it. In management you look and think ‘could I have freshened it up a bit more?’”“I picked a team which I thought was strong enough but we were lethargic and not at it. That was disappointing.“I thought the goal might have given us a lift but if we’re being honest the better side won tonight. We have no gripes about that.”
And Bruce admitted his players failed to take the intensity of their previous game into this tie.“We struggled to get near them to get possession of the ball, something we did exceptionally well against Arsenal.“Still we had chances to score. We had two at the death which on another day might have allowed us to get back into it.“If we’re being honest, the better side won”.