PHIL BARDSLEY insists Sunderland have emerged from “the dumps buzzing” following Sunday’s first win in seven games.
The Black Cats ended a six-game losing streak in the Premier League – having also lost to Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup during that period – by beating Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage. They face successive home games against West Brom and QPR over the next six days.
With fortune and goals restored to the club by that west London “lift”, Bardsley is eager to see his side “start putting on a show” at the Stadium of Light, where they have beaten only Morecambe and Wigan this season, and make it a place fans can again enjoy their football.
Bardsley said: “Sunday was great and hopefully we can take that into West Brom.
“It wasn’t about the hard work not being there, it was just getting a bit of luck and getting a few more goals.
“We thought we deserved something at Goodison Park but it wasn’t to be.
“We knew Fulham was going to be a tough game and fortunately for us we got the result and hopefully we can take that into the two home games we’ve got coming up. People should enjoy going to Premier League games. The Stadium of Light is a great place to be playing in the Premier League and that’s the most important thing.
“Hopefully, now we can start putting some shows on for the fans and winning some football matches at home again.”
Bardsley added: “Everyone is buzzing. It’s a great lift when you win football matches, there’s no better feeling.
“Coming back on the coach was a good journey and everyone was buzzing. You want the next game straight away and hopefully we can turn it on again.
“We have been down in the dumps for a few weeks, but if you don’t get down about losing then there’s something wrong. There are enough players round here who can get really down after not winning football matches, but as I say, it’s great to put a win on the board and now we can kick on.”