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Phil Bardsley

Phil Bardsley

Phil Bardsley

Unlikely goal hero Phil Bardsley is backing Sunderland to maintain their charge for Europe in the most unpredictable of seasons.

The Black Cats' hopes of completing a famous Barclays Premier League double over reigning champions Chelsea were dashed despite the 25-year-old full-back's stunning fourth-minute opener.

But Steve Bruce's side remain firmly in the hunt for a European place and Bardsley said: "Things happen in football. If you just look at the transfer window on Monday night, that just says everything about football. You never know what's going to happen, and that's the enjoyable thing, that's why everyone loves it."

He added: "I am enjoying my football, enjoying being at this football club.

"We have a great bunch of lads, a top manager, the coaching staff everybody around the place enjoys being part of each other, and if we show that attitude and togetherness, we have got a hell of a chance to go forward."

PA