Phil Bardsley

Bardsley frustrated by draw

by Stuart Vose

Defender weighs up Tuesday’s stalemate.

Phil Bardsley admitted he was left “frustrated” after Sunderland couldn’t turn chances into goals against QPR last night.

Steven Fletcher twice came close while Carlos Cuellar saw a header tipped over as the Black Cats played out a 0-0 draw in Harry Redknapp’s first game as Rangers boss.

“I think frustration is the overriding emotion,” Bardsley said. “We were disappointed not to get the three points.

“We created a couple of chances in the first half and again after the break so it was frustrating to not get the win.

“I tried to get things going because it was a little bit flat at a few points. [The result] wasn’t for the lack of trying.”

Meanwhile Bardsley says it’s vital that the squad stick together as they look to pick up vital pre-Christmas points.

Martin O’Neill’s side head to Norwich this weekend before entertaining Chelsea on Wearside on December 8.

“The best way to get confidence up is by winning football matches,” he said.

“We’ll keep plugging away and working hard. The most vital thing is the togetherness of the team and that is key to us starting to win games.”

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