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Confidence is key, says Bardsley

Phil Bardsley
Bardsley joined the Black Cats from Manchester United in January 2008

Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley believes he and his team-mates have to remain positive despite slipping just three points off the relegation zone.

The Wearsiders are without a win in five games but the 23-year-old believes the next few weeks can help lift the club to Premier League safety.

"There's teams worse off, we're three or four points better off than teams below," he told BBC Radio Newcastle.

"We've got three big games that we can pick points off, it's up to us now."

Next up for Ricky Sbragia's Black Cats side is the prospect of a trip to European outsiders West Ham United at Boleyn Road.

And with just under a fortnight since the club's last league outing at Manchester City, Bardsley believes the players will have benefitted from the delay.

"It's been a week where the lads have been able to recharge their batteries and get a bit of a break," he said.

"Some of the lads who haven't played too many games have been away and got a few games which is good for them.

"We've recharged for a big push until the end of the season."

Bardsley joined the Black Cats from Manchester United in January 2008 for a fee of around £2m.



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