Richardson's safety aim

England player believes the Black Cats can retain their Premier League status

Richardson: Safety aim

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Kieran Richardson is confident Sunderland can climb to Premier League safety.

The classy winger helped the Black Cats leap out of the relegation zone by both scoring and creating a goal in their 3-1 victory over Bolton on Saturday.

It was a triumphant return after months on the injury sidelines for the £5.5million summer signing from Manchester United.

The England international now hopes the Black Cats can push on in the league, starting at Blackburn on Wednesday.

He said: "In the changing room, between ourselves, we have no doubt we can get out of it.

Confident

"I am a confident lad and the players are all confident. We know we can do it.

"We weren't getting carried away because we know how tight it is down there.

"The gaffer said everyone is worrying around us, but as long as we are focused and we keep positive between ourselves, we will have no problem.

"We did that on Saturday, we got the three points and now we are seeing a bit of light.

"But we have got to kick on from now and hopefully get some more wins under our belt."

Richardson is well aware that the Black Cats need to pick up points on the road, after managing to collect just two out of 30 available away from the Stadium of Light.

He added: "Obviously our away form isn't as good as our home form but we have got great fans here and we have got great support away from home as well.

Crack on

"We have got to crack on from now. We are not really thinking about home or away.

"We are taking every game one at a time and hopefully we can work hard and get the three points home or away."

While boss Roy Keane is hoping to bring in new faces in the transfer window, Richardson, 23, admits he feels like a new signing himself after his frustrating time on the sidelines with a back fracture.

He said: "I played two games and that was it. I have not shown the fans and everyone here what I can do yet, so it does feel like I am a new signing.

"I am definitely fresh - I need match fitness, but being on the sidelines watching the team out there is so frustrating.

"I am just so glad to be back in the mix and hopefully I can kick on from there."

Richardson should again start against Blackburn, while veteran Dwight Yorke could come into the side after being rested on Saturday.