Goalscorer on key win

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by Stuart Vose

Bardsley reflects after netting for second successive game.

Phil Bardsley says Sunderland’s passing game is having an impact after his second goal in as many games secured a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

The Black Cats beat City at home for the fourth year in a row thanks to Bardsley’s 21st-minute strike – a cool angled finish into the far corner of the net.

“It was a great ball from Wes and we’d been working on those sort of moves in training,” the defender said afterwards.

I think we thoroughly deserved the victory both for the way we defended and how we passed the ball as well

- Phil Bardsley

“How the boss wants us to play is fantastic and the lads are enjoying themselves.”

Bardsley and Sunderland faced a tough task as City pushed on in the second period looking for a leveller.

But the visitors created few clear-cut opportunities despite their pressure and Bardsley felt his side’s resilience marked them out as worthy winners.

“City are a top team and we knew we were going to be under pressure,” he said.

“But I think we thoroughly deserved the victory both for the way we defended and how we passed the ball as well.

“We had to find that bit extra late on and the fans were terrific.”

The Barclays Premier League now takes a back seat for the international break, with Sunderland’s next game scheduled for October 23.

And Bardsley feels being able to go into the break on the back of an important victory is a huge boost, but says attention will soon turn to two tough away matches at Stoke and Aston Villa.

“To get a win like that before the international break is massive,” he said.

“For a couple of days we can enjoy that result and then it’s back to business.

“We have two massive away games coming up and we need to pick up more points.”