Sunderland sink West Ham
The 20-year-old England international struck 11 minutes before the break to give his side an advantage they refused to surrender despite second half pressure from the visitors.
Bruce hailed Henderson after the win but insisted the youngster still has room for improvement with his finishing. "He's a wonderful young talent and arguably his best position could be out wide because he's got a terrific delivery," he said. "We all know he's got a goal in him and hopefully there's more to come from him.
"The biggest challenge I have is managing Jordan. He's played solidly for 18 months so you're always monitoring him."
Grant remains confident West Ham can stay up and he said: "I think we have a very good squad to stay up. We showed that in our last two games. It's fair to say that we need to improve, but the gap is not too big."
The Hammers arrived on Wearside still basking in the glory of their midweek Carling Cup demolition of Manchester United, but knowing the revival they launched in the league with last weekend's 3-1 win over Wigan was the overwhelming priority.
However, that home record has been jealously guarded by Bruce's men and, having lost just their third league game of the campaign at Wolves last Saturday, they were determined to improve it further.
But as the first half wore on, Sunderland started to threaten on a more regular basis and, after
The visitors were enjoying their most dominant period of the game, but despite Sunderland's carelessness in possession, were finding clear-cut chances at a premium. Gyan spooned a 57th-minute effort high over the crossbar as he failed to make the most of Richardson's lay-off, but as
Richardson forced a 64th-minute save from Green, who had to be at his best to turn away Gyan's stinging drive two minutes later, but the Hammers might have snatched a point with 11 minutes remaining. Obinna picked up possession inside the box and blasted towards Gordon's bottom right-hand corner, only to see the ball clip the outside of the post and drop to safety. However, Sunderland should have killed off the Hammers once and for all with five minutes remaining.
Substitute Steed Malbranque went into a 50-50 with Green and saw the ball come back off the keeper and fall to Welbeck, only for