URGING patience against Wigan on Saturday, Phil Bardsley believes Sunderland have it within them to claim the much-needed victory he feels they ought to have made theirs against Fulham.
The Black Cats were held to a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light despite twice hitting the crossbar and Mark Schwarzer’s late save from Stéphane Sessègnon.
But reflecting on the positives of a sound defence, chances forged and a point on the board, Bardsley insists there are more of each to come.
They just need, he says, a goal to provide the spark.
“We hit the woodwork a couple of times and had chances at the end with a shot and deflection, so overall I think we deserved to win,” said Bardsley. “We just need that goal and it will come.
“People think these teams will just come and roll over. But they have top players in their teams, and internationals, which is why the Premier League has improved so much.
“You get top-quality opposition and you have to find a way to break them down. We would have preferred three points but we live to fight another day.
“Everyone gets a bit carried away, don’t they, thinking we are going to win leagues with eight or nine new players, but it ain’t gonna happen.
“We need a little bit of patience. We’ve been playing some good football, it is clicking slowly and we can get that win that we want.
“The league is so close that a couple of back-to-back wins and you can get up that league.
“We have Wigan first, then Wolves and Blackburn at home, a run of games where we have to get points on the board.
“We should have got three today but it wasn’t to be.
“So we’re looking forward to next week but we need patience.
“We have good enough players on the pitch to go and win games and we go into it the same as we did today.
“We hit the woodwork twice and had a great chance at the end and they only had a free-kick, one shot and a breakaway at the end which could have cost us.
“But on the whole, on the plus-side we look solid, created chances and deserved to win and it’s another point on the board.”