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Wilson's praise for Bruce

Wilson Palacios will be coming up against the man who gave him his big break in English football on Saturday for the first time.

Wilson Palacios will be coming up against the man who gave him his big break in English football on Saturday for the first time.

Steve Bruce's Sunderland side visit The Lane in this Barclays Premier League clash sitting eighth in the table after a promising start to the campaign.

And it was the same manager who brought our all-action midfielder to these shores from his native Honduras when he signed him for Birmingham City on a six-month loan deal in August 2007.

The pair's time together at St Andrew's was short-lived when Bruce took over at Wigan Athletic that November, but such was the impression Wilson had made on the former Manchester United skipper, he signed him for The Latics on a permanent deal come January 2008.

And it was in Lancashire where Wilson made his name in 37 Premier League appearances - something the now-Spurs fan favourite will always be thankful for.

"Steve Bruce is a very good manager and I have a great deal of respect for him. I really would like to thank him for helping me and developing me as a player when I first came to England. I am very appreciative of what he did for me and my career and I will never forget that."

But Wilson knows there will be no time for sentimentality against the Black Cats as we look to bounce back from last weekend's North London derby defeat.

Although he recognises how tough a task this will be against a side who may boast a familiar-looking frontline on Saturday - ex-Spurs boys Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell.

Wilson added: "The most important thing now is to bounce back and win against Sunderland. We are all focused on beating them, we must forget about what happened last week and just focus all our energy and attention on this game because this is the most important game for us now.

"But they have some very good players and play a good style of football. In Bent and Campbell, they have very good strikers who we know well and it will be hard for us to keep them contained.

"However, if we work together as a team and play the sort of football we are capable, then I'm confident we can secure the three points."

Read the full interview with Wilson in tomorrow's matchday programme.