Phil happy with performance.
Phil Bardsley set Sunderland on their way to the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup with a second-half goal against Southampton at the Stadium of Light.
The full-back broke the deadlock just before the hour mark with his first goal for the club since Southampton’s last visit to Wearside back in May.
The more time we spend with the boss, the better we are going to get
- Phil Bardsley
After a slow start to the game, Sunderland took the lead following an Adam Johnson free kick.
The winger fired the ball forward from around 25 yards out and after a melee inside the box Jozy Altidore nodded an effort at goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, who pushed the ball into the path of Bardsley.
“I knew the goal was in,” Bardsley told safc.com after the game. “I was able to get a touch as the keeper pushed it out to me and I saw it fly into the net.
“It is nice to get into that position and pop up with a goal but most important thing is that we win football matches - and keep doing it."
The defender also paid tribute to head coach Gus Poyet following the win, as the team continues to familiarise themselves with the new coach’s style of play and transfer his way of thinking onto the pitch.
“The performance was key for us – that and to play the way the manager wants us to play and get his philosophy out on the pitch.
“He wants us to pass the ball a lot more,” Bardsley continued. “Yes, it’s a new style for us, but we’re all willing to learn and adapt.
“It worked for us tonight as it’s got us the win, which is also important.
“During the break, he told us to keep doing what we had been in the first half. I felt we were a little bit slow out of the blocks when we came out for the second half but the longer the game went on the more control we had.”
The changes are going to take time; it won’t happen overnight but hopefully when it does we’ll see the benefits
- Phil Bardsley
The 28-year-old has featured in all games since Poyet’s arrival after recovering from an injury and believes that the former Chelsea man’s fervour for the game will have a positive impact on the players:
“The more time we spend with the boss, the better we are going to get.
“The changes are going to take time; it won’t happen overnight but hopefully when it does we’ll see the benefits.
“Beating Southampton has set up a game with Chelsea in the next round. It is going to be difficult but that’s what we want to be doing.
“We want to be making progress and putting a cup run together. It’s another game at the Stadium of Light and I imagine there’ll be a big crowd on the night; these are the games we want to be playing.”