Gardner wary of Fulham threat


Midfielder hoping to keep Cottagers quiet.

Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner says his side need to move on from the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat at West Brom and start to climb the table.

Gardner conceded a penalty for handball during the 2-1 defeat at the Hawthorns although he felt the Black Cats should have had a penalty of their own.

He said: “The penalty I’m absolutely gutted about, it was just unlucky for the ball to hit my hand from there and the referee to give them a penalty.

“We’re not here to speak about the referee, though, we just want to put that behind us and move on.”

And, the 26-yearold feels there would be no better time to bounce back than Saturday’s visit of Fulham.

“We need to make the most of every game and we’ve got some good games coming up now so hopefully we can hit the ground running and get some points,” he said.

“They [Fulham] are a good team and obviously beating them at their place was a big result for us and hopefully we’ll turn them over on Saturday.”

Gardner is wary of the threat posed by Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov and he feels the Bulgarian’s goal in the Cottagers victory over Stoke City last weekend, shows the quality the former Manchester United man possesses.

“He’s a top class player,” he added.

“You can see that in his goal last weekend and by the career he’s had - hopefully we can keep him quiet and get the three points on Saturday.”