Phil Bardsley has admitted that he is unhappy with returning from injury to play his part in two matches that have ended in defeat.

Sunderland’s Capital One Cup loss to Middlesbrough last week was Bardsley’s first game back in the team since coming back from an ankle injury.

Sunderland then lost to Aston Villa this Saturday, but although Bardsley admits it is not an ideal situation, the 27-year-old feels that the Black Cats must score more to sort out their problems – something which he believes will improve the atmosphere among the club and its fans.

“It’s not the way I’d have liked to come back at all with two defeats. The fans stayed with us on Saturday, but it must be difficult for them to come and watch us at the moment,” he told the Shields Gazette.

“Some of the performances have been good, but we need to score a goal. When we get one,  that will lift the whole place. Everyone knows the problem – it’s not rocket science.

“Everyone needs to do their bit, and if we’re not scoring, we need to make sure we keep the ball out at the other end, unfortunately, we didn’t do that on Saturday.

“It was a decent performance from the lads and just a little bit of luck will do. You just wonder how we didn’t score a goal and we’re all scratching our heads.”

Bardsley also pinted to the spirit in teh dressing room, despite a run of bad results for the Black Cats so far this season.

“The spirit in our dressing room is unbreakable with the group of players we’ve got. We’ve got two tough away games coming up but hopefully we can dust ourselves down, have a little rest and start again in training. Hopefully we can get something at Everton,” he added.

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