Phil Bardsley

Bardsley rues 'missed opportunity'

by Stuart Vose

Defender reflects on cup exit.

Phil Bardsley couldn’t hide his frustration after Bolton knocked Sunderland out of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Two second-half goals by Marvin Sordell at the Stadium of Light ensured the Trotters advanced to play Everton in the fourth round.

“It’s a missed opportunity and we’re thoroughly disappointed,” said Bardsley, whose side had earned themselves a replay with a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium.

“We had a great chance to progress in the competition only to fall at the first hurdle."

He continued: “We didn’t get the goals, the performance was far from our best and we paid the price for it.

“It’s so disappointed as going into the game we felt we had a great chance of putting together a decent cup run.”

Bardsley highlighted the performance of Bolton keeper Andrew Lonergan, who pulled off a string of key saves in the first half.

But the defender felt Sunderland didn’t create enough opportunities and says they must strive for greater consistency.

“Their keeper made a couple of good saves but we didn’t create as many chances as we would have liked and paid the price for that,” Bardsley explained.

“We came off the back of a good result against West Ham and it’s about putting results together in consecutive fixtures. Tonight we’ve not done that.”