Liam Bridcutt hopes for regular run of games for Sunderland

Sunderland's Manager Gus Poyet during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium
Sunderland's Manager Gus Poyet during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium

LIAM BRIDCUTT admits he can’t wait for a regular run of games after a stop-start beginning to his Sunderland career.

Bridcutt was recalled to the starting XI in Saturday’s defeat at Arsenal after Sunderland boss Gus Poyet opted not to risk Lee Cattermole, who will take the place of the cup-tied January signing in next weekend’s Capital One Cup final.

It leaves Bridcutt facing another fortnight’s break between games after just returning from two weeks out of action, after Poyet decided to leave him out of the FA Cup fifth round victory over Southampton seven days earlier.

And the 24-year-old, ruled out of Sunderland’s Wembley showdown after playing just 10 minutes for Brighton against Newport in August, concedes he wants to play games as he gets used to the step up from the Championship to the Premier League.

“It’s difficult for me, but they’re working me hard during the week when I’ve not got a game coming up,” said Bridcutt.

“I’m enjoying it (the Premier League) and learning all the time, and that’s all I can ask for, even though the result we had at Arsenal was disappointing.

“But 100 per cent, you learn a lot against a team like Arsenal.”

Norwich’s victory over Tottenham yesterday was a blow to Sunderland’s survival hopes after West Brom’s draw against basement boys Fulham on Saturday left the Black Cats one-point adrift of safety.

And when Sunderland resume the battle for survival after their Capital One Cup and FA Cup commitments, Bridcutt insists Poyet’s men must be more ruthless in their quest for points after a desperately below-par display at the Emirates.

“Every game that we go into, we approach as a ‘must-win’ game,” added the midfielder.

“We’re going to do that from now until the end of the season.

“The mentality of the manager and the players, is to win every game and to play well.”