Phil Bardsley

Bardsley looking for response

by Stuart Vose

Defender looks forward to Wigan test.

Phil Bardsley says Sunderland want to put their FA Cup with Budweiser exit behind them quickly.

The Black Cats head to Wigan this weekend after their midweek defeat to Bolton at the Stadium of Light.

Now Bardsley is eyeing a quick response in Lancashire this weekend as Sunderland look to build on a 3-0 win over West Ham in their last league outing.

But he says there’s no room for lapses against a Wigan side who have traditionally been dangerous at home.

“Wigan are a good team and Roberto Martinez has got them playing a nice style of football,” he warned.

“We have to go there and give a good account of ourselves. Bolton apart, we’ve been playing well of late so hopefully we can go there and get a decent result.

“We want to put Tuesday’s defeat behind us quickly. We’re disappointed to be out of the cup but we have to pick ourselves up for a massive game this weekend.”

Meanwhile Bardsley admits he’s been taken aback by the numbers travelling to Sunderland’s away games.

A total of 5,000 fans made the trip to Bolton recently, while more than 4,800 will cram into a sold-out visiting section this weekend.

“The fans were terrific at Bolton and we are fortunate to have such a terrific away support,” Bardsley said. “Not every club has that.

“Fair play to the fans for putting their hands in their pockets during difficult times and getting to these away games. It is great for us.”