Black Cats purring ahead of Chelsea clash - Richardson

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KIERAN Richardson says he and his team-mates have been on a high since the victory over Blackpool last weekend and are already looking forward to the Chelsea game next Tuesday.

The 2-1 win over the Tangerines, in which Richardson scored both of Sunderland’s goals, cemented the Black Cats’ sixth place spot in the Premier League and even if they lose to the Blues next week they will remain in the top half-dozen in the division.

But Richardson says there’s a buzz in the camp at the Academy of Light now and a sense of anticipation for the games coming up.

“I think the Blackpool result made a big difference,” he told the Echo. “It has lifted everyone and given us a sense of confidence going forward.

“We didn’t really perform as we had hoped in the derby game against Newcastle the other week and then came the whole transfer thing with Darren Bent moving to Aston Villa.

“So all in all it was a difficult week for the squad and the Blackpool result and performance was exactly what we needed.

“It’s a difficult place to go and you could quite easily get caught out if you’re not on your game.

“But we went there and produced a very good performance and it was great at the end to see our fans celebrating on the terraces.

“We all went over to them after the final whistle to join in the celebrations because it felt a bit special – as though we’d come through a difficult time.”

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