safc v man city

Gardner seeking home comforts

by Stuart Vose

Midfielder looking for response to Reading loss.

Craig Gardner insists Sunderland are fully capable of fashioning a response to last weekend’s defeat when they face Arsenal on Saturday.

The Black Cats went down 2-1 to a late goal at Reading in their previous outing but are now focused on the visit of Arsene Wenger’s high-flying Gunners.

Arsenal are a class side but they are beatable as we showed here in the cup last season

- Craig Gardner

Gardner, who scored from the penalty spot at the Madejski Stadium, said: “It was really disappointing to lose the game last Saturday.

“I thought we created enough chances to win the game but with Ian Harte’s set piece delivery you can’t afford to give free-kicks away in dangerous areas.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and move on to Saturday.

“Arsenal are a class side but they are beatable as we showed here in the cup last season.

“We’ll have to get in their faces like we did last year and make it as hard as possible for them.”

Meanwhile the midfielder has been impressed with the early impact made by new signing Danny Graham.

The £5m striker made his debut as a substitute during the defeat at Reading and has spent this week training with some of his new team-mates during the international break.

Gardner says the former Middlesbrough man has settled in well and thinks he will prove to be a great addition.

“Danny’s a top lad,” he explained. “A few of the lads already knew him which helped and they all said before he came that he’s a cracking lad.

“He’s a top player and with him and Steven Fletcher we’re going to score plenty of goals.”