Bardsley ready for season’s end

Steve Bruce’s side have plunged down the table in recent weeks,

taking just four points from the last 33 on offer. With 41 points

on the board and just three games of the campaign remaining, the

Wearside outfit should have already done enough to stave off the

threat of relegation. But Saturday’s miserable 3-0 home defeat at

the hands of Fulham has done little to improve the mood among the

Wearside faithful. Sunderland were forced to tackle the Cottagers

without a recognised forward due to their crippling injury

problems, but Bardsley will not use that as an excuse. Bardsley

said: “There’s a part of us that would just like the season to end

now. “Our aim was always to finish in the top 10, but we’re going

to have to dig deep if we’re going to do that. “For all our

endeavour and hard work, particularly in the first half, you still

need to score if you’re going to win matches. “To make things

worse, we’ve given away silly goals. “It’s up to the whole of the

side to step up to the plate now and come up with a way of