Richardson wants injury returns
Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson is hoping his injured team-mates can return to action soon.
Last Updated: 22/02/10 3:54pm
Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson is hoping his injured team-mates can return to action as soon as possible.
The Black Cats' winless streak stretched to 13 games with Saturday's 2-0 loss at Arsenal, although the Wearsiders had a number of players sidelined.
Richardson made only his second appearance in two months at Emirates Stadium, and defender Anton Ferdinand returned to play in midfield.
With Sunderland currently 14th in the Premier League table and only three points above the drop zone, the former Manchester United man knows it will be all hands on deck between now and the end of the season.
"The more players the manager gets back the better because we certainly need to pull some performances out of the bag now," he told the Sunderland Echo.
"The injuries we've had have been unbelievable, but these are the cards we've been dealt and we have to get on with it.
"Not many teams go to Arsenal and create the chances that we did and I think we showed that we have enough quality to stay away from relegation.
"I was having my second game in two months and Anton came back so they should be positives for us because we all need to be in there fighting.
"The more we play the fitter we get and this feels like the start of the season for me. I definitely want a big finish and do my bit to get us out of trouble."
Although Sunderland went down to the Gunners at the weekend, Richardson believes there is reason for optimism at the Stadium of Light.
He added: "I thought we did well. Arsenal have quality players and flew out of the blocks. We expected that.
"We got in 1-0 at half-time and the gaffer said we just had to stay in the game; try not to concede early in the second half.
"We did that and at 1-0 we were always in with a chance. We showed good fighting qualities and that's what we'll need for the rest of the season."