Next Game

S'land v Hannover

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 16:00

Friendly Match

Bardsley: Palace game vital

Phil Bardsley admits this weekend's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace will be like another cup final for Sunderland.

Last Updated: 11/03/14 at 11:42 Post Comment

Phil Bardsley: Sunderland defender knows the importance of Crystal Palace game

Phil Bardsley: Sunderland defender knows the importance of Crystal Palace game

Sunderland return to top-flight action on Saturday with a relegation battle against fellow strugglers Palace after seeing Manchester City end their Capital One Cup dreams and Hull City knock them out of the FA Cup.

The Black Cats find themselves in the bottom three, although they have games in hand, and Bardsley knows the importance of the fixture against Palace as they look to climb away from trouble.

"This is another massive week for us because the Palace game is absolutely vital," said Bardsley.

"It's another cup final for us and this time, we desperately need to win it and pick up three points.

"Palace will be well organised, because Tony Pulis has that wherever he goes. They will be very hard to beat.

"Results elsewhere have gone pretty well for us while we've been involved in the cups but first and foremost we must look at ourselves.

"Now it's about making our games in hand count."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t all started going downhill when they started putting a photo of the writer along side their story. Journalists started to think that 'they' are the story, rather than what they write. Smug, self obsessed & up their own arse's. That sums up the majority of newspaper sports reporters.

cozens
Do We Need So Much Football Media?

T

he reason so much sh*t is written about football is because there are so many people who want to read sh*t about football. Now shut up, take my money, and tell me Ronaldo is going to sign for Van Haal and that Mick McCarthy is signing Peter Crouch on loan.

hump3.
Do We Need So Much Football Media?

W

enger's delaying tactics in the transfer market creates goose pimples whenever a player is linked to Arsenal. The approach in buying players need to be changed@@#

mokaya
New striker 'on Wenger's list'

Footer 365

Louis Van Gaal vows to walk away in 2017

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is determined to win the Premier League in the next two seasons but will retire in 2017 regardless.

Sergio Romero signs for Manchester United on three-year deal

Manchester United have signed Argentina international goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a three-year contract.

Bastian Schweinsteiger fitness boost for Manchester United

Manchester United have been handed a lift on their pre-season tour with the sight of Bastian Schweinsteiger training again.

Mail Box

Only Arsenal Fans Care About Friendlies

We are not entirely surprised after Arsenal fans leapt to the defence of friendlies. We also have mails on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool and more mundane tales...

Friendlies: Still Completely Meaningless

There is sharp message for anyone thinking about getting excited about friendlies, plus worries about Wayne Rooney. Every one of you has met a bloody footballer...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company