Gardner to emulate Phillips

Black Cats midfielder hoping to copy club legend

Craig Gardner: Hoping to emulate the style of Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips

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Craig Gardner is hoping to emulate the style of Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips as he attempts to bring goals to his game at the Stadium of Light.

The 24-year-old midfielder scored 10 times for relegated Birmingham City last season, but has managed just one in a red and white shirt to date since his summer move to Wearside.

However, having spent time observing the ex-Black Cats man during their time together at St Andrew's, Gardner is hoping to employ some of his techniques and boost his goals ratio for The Black Cats.

Goals

"Goals are an important part of my game. When you watch Kevin Phillips, he's always in the box, always gambling, and that's what I try to do," he told the club's official website.

"Balls always fall to him and he always scores because of the gambles he makes.

"It's nice to be known for scoring goals, but I want to be involved in the game as well. That's something I want to add to my game."