Bardsley admires team spirit

by Kate Smith

Defender delighted by 'never say die attitude'.

Phil Bardsley felt the determination and endeavour that Sunderland showed in South Wales to come back to take a point epitomised the team spirit that runs throughout squad.

After a slow start against Cardiff, which saw the Black Cats fall behind to a goal in either half, Gus Poyet’s men dug deep to rescue a point.

Substitute  Steven Fletcher pulled one goal back in the 83rd minute and fellow sub Jack Colback grabbed an equaliser in the final moments of the game.

“I think we started the game very slowly and we didn’t get out of the traps at all,  as a result we found ourselves two goals down.

“It took some real character and desire to get back into the game,” Bardsley told

“That’s what this team has been about over the last couple of months; there’s a real never say die attitude in the squad. We kept on going and it earned us a point which is magnificent.”

Poyet’s side are now unbeaten in their last five outings and have taken five points from their last three games, two of which were on the road within two days of each other.

“Forty eight hours between two away games back-to-back is tough, travelling takes its toll,” Bardsley continued, ”that’s not an excuse for the way we started, it’s just not ideal, however, we’ll take a point after that.”

He added: “If, before Christmas we were offered four points from our games at Everton and Cardiff away we’d have taken it.

“They’re massive results for us and we deserve them as well. “