Gardner hails Sunderland hero

The 24-year-old midfielder scored 10 times for former club

Birmingham last season, but has managed just once in a red and

white shirt to date since his summer move to Wearside. However,

having spent time observing former Blues’ frontman Phillips during

their time together at St Andrew’s, Gardner is hoping to employ

some of his techniques to set his tally ticking over in earnest. He

told SAFC TV: “Goals are an important part of my game. When you

watch Kevin Phillips, he’s always in the box, always gambling, and

that’s what I try to do. “Balls always fall to him and he always

scores because of the gambles he makes. “It’s nice to be known for

scoring goals, but I want to be involved in the game as well.

That’s something I want to add to my game.”