Win is not a tall order says Bardo

Phil Bardsley
Phil Bardsley

PHIL Bardsley insists Sunderland can overcome their height disadvantage at Stoke City on Saturday.

Six of Stoke’s starting line-up at Liverpool on Wednesday night were above the 6ft mark with Sunderland January target John Carew the latest imposing specimen to join Tony Pulis’ men.

That was without the services of unused substitute Kenwyne Jones, one of six former Black Cats at the Britannia Stadium.

The players at Steve Bruce’s disposal are a much slighter bunch with Nedum Onuoha, Anton Ferdinand and Titus Bramble the only members of the expected starting XI who are over 6ft.

But left-back Bardsley believes that Sunderland have the courage in their ranks to harness Stoke’s size and combat their route one approach (kick-off 12.45pm, live on Sky Sports 2).

Bardsley told SportMail: “If we compete right, then their height doesn’t bother us.

“There’s enough brave lads there who’ll put their head in where it hurts.”

Read the full article in Friday’s Mail