Bardsley aiming for final push

Bardsley's goal against Southampton at the weekend handed Sunderland another priceless point in their relegation battle. Credit: PA

Phil Bardsley is challenging Sunderland to solve their own problems as they attempt to stave off their lingering relegation fears.

The Black Cats will be safe if 18th-placed Wigan lose at Arsenal tomorrow evening, and even a draw would effectively assure them of their Barclays Premier League status barring an improbable goal rush from the Latics against Aston Villa at the weekend.

"Even though Spurs are a great team, we can go there and try to get a result - even though we'll be looking for Arsenal to do us a bit of a favour as well," Bardsley said.

"The Emirates isn't the easiest place in the world to go."

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