Richardson wary of Baggies

Sunderland utility man expects a tough test against former club

Richardson: Played for West Brom under Bryan Robson in the 2004-05 season

Sunderland's Kieran Richardson says he has always had a tough time against his former club West Bromwich Albion.

The utility-man will face his previous employers at the Stadium of Light this weekend as the Black Cats aim to get back to winning ways.

Richardson played for the Baggies during a loan spell in the 2004-05 Premier League season, where he made 12 appearances under Bryan Robson.

This season, West Brom have struggled under Roy Hodgson and are second bottom after six games.

Sunderland have just one more point, making Saturday's meeting in the North East even more important after their 2-1 defeat at Norwich on Monday.

Never easy

And Richardson, who made the move to Sunderland from Manchester United in 2007, is expecting a difficult encounter this weekend.

He told the club's official website: "I've played against West Brom a few times now and they are a great club, I've never had an easy game against them.

"They are a side who love to play passing football, but I'd like to think that at home and with the players and fans we've got we can beat them.

"We have a chance to bounce back straight away and go into the international break on a high ahead of the Arsenal game."