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Phil Bardsley has admitted that he let down Sunderland's fans at the start of this season.

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The Black Cats full back, who grabbed the winner in his side's win over Manchester City on Sunday, was fined and suspended by the club after mocking the opening day defeat by Fulham.

Former Man United defender Bardsley found himself ostracized under Paulo Di Canio, who was critical of the 27-year-old after a late-night visit to a casino late last season.

However, Bardsley has returned the team under new manager Gus Poyet and is grateful for a second chance on Wearside.

"The reaction from the supporters meant a lot," he admitted to the Sunderland Echo. "I let them down and it was up to me to repay them with performances on the football pitch.

"I'm trying to do that as much as I can and if I keep scoring goals and keep defending the way I have done in the last couple of games, hopefully I will do that.

"The manager has come in and brought me in from the cold and I'm enjoying myself."

Sunderland have carved out their first two wins in the league this season under Poyet, who Bardsley credits for his side's win over title favourites City at the Stadium of Light.

"As much desire and commitment as we've shown, when we had the ball, we showed great desire to pass it and move, and make angles," he added.

"That's exactly what the manager wants. His philosophy on football is fantastic and the lads are loving playing for him."

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

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