Midfielder looking to kick on after impressive return.
Craig Gardner is hoping to carry on having an impact after bouncing back from a spell out injured with a goal against Arsenal last weekend.
The midfielder came off the bench at half-time against the Gunners and found the net with coolly-taken penalty within four minutes of his introduction.
“I’m pleased to have had an impact,” said Gardner, who scored eight goals last season.
“Being injured for two or three weeks has been hard but I’ve been working hard on the training field.
“To come on, get 45 minutes under my belt and get on the scoresheet is always good.”
Sunderland head to West Brom this weekend with both sides looking for their first league victories of the campaign.
Gardner felt there were positives to take from the defeat to Arsenal last time out and claims his side were unlucky not to come away with something.
Now he’s hoping to make further progress this weekend is what he admits is a “big game”.
“We need to get some points on the board and West Brom are in the same position as well,” Gardner added.
“Hopefully we can come out on top.
“I thought we were hard done by last weekend. In the second half we were the better team.
“We had goals disallowed, we hit the post and were on top after we got the goal. Hopefully we can take that momentum into Saturday.”
And Gardner is convinced that the points will soon start flowing for Paolo Di Canio’s side.
“I feel like results are close and that three points are only round the corner,” he explained.
“It’s going to be a tough game but hopefully we can get the points on Saturday.”