Sunderland 1 Man City 0: Phil Bardsley pays credit to Gus Poyet

Sunderland 1 Man City 0: Phil Bardsley pays tribute to his manager Gus Poyet after scoring the winner against Citizens

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Phil Bardsley was thrilled to repay Gus Poyet’s faith after the Sunderland captain scored the winner against Manchester City.

The right-back, who hadn’t featured for the Black Cats this season under former boss Paolo di Canio, scored a 21st-minute winner after curling a finish past Costel Pantilimon.

Bardsley scored in Sunderland’s 2-1 victory over Southampton in the Capital One Cup midweek, and the former United defender thanked his new manager for placing his trust in the Scot.

“Unbelievable. Midweek was a big win but to get those three points was massive,” Bardsley told BBC Sport.

“Manchester City are a top team and we knew it would be tough. Most of all when we had the ball we had great quality.

“The players were nervous earlier in the season but the manager has shown great belief and got the players playing the way he wants. I owe him a lot because he has brought me in from the cold and I want to repay him.

“We were unbelievable defensively. We knew they would press second half. We were resilient and showed great desire to win that football match.

“Wes Brown has shown in training what he is all about. I know it hurt him being out for so long but the team looks unbelievable, he is one of the most natural centre halves England have had for a long time.”

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