FOR the second season in a row, Phil Bardsley plans to bite the hand that once fed him when Sunderland take on struggling Aston Villa this Saturday.
Bardsley (above) spent five months on loan from Manchester United to Villa Park in 2007 – making 13 appearances under then boss Martin O’Neill – before returning to Old Trafford.
But, having scored the winner in a 1-0 victory at the West Midlands’ ground last season, Sunderland’s current Player of the Season will look to inflict more misery on the badly out-of-form club which are slipping ever closer to the frantic relegation battle at the bottom.
“Villa are on 35 points and they’re not out of it yet,” said the full-back.
“Especially as Wigan have picked up two outstanding results when most thought they were dead and buried.
“The title race will go right to the wire but the relegation one will too and we’ve got two teams in the next few weeks in Bolton and Villa who are there and thereabouts.
“We’re looking forward to the games and hopefully we can start scoring a few goals.
“We’re not really bothered about what happens to them to be honest.
“It’s about us and where we want to finish, the targets we’ve set and hopefully we can accomplish them.
“Am I surprised to see Villa down there? I haven’t seen enough to judge.
“But people always say the table doesn’t lie so they can’t have been great can they?
“It’s up to us to go there and keep the pressure on them and hopefully we can do that.
“We’ve done alright there in recent seasons. I got the winner last year and I’d love to notch there again.”