Phil Bardsley hailed Sunderland's achievement in reaching the Capital One Cup final
Last Updated: 22/01/14 11:45pm
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley hailed their achievement in reaching the Capital One Cup final after their penalty shoot-out win over Manchester United.
Former United man Bardsley looked to have scored the crucial goal to send Sunderland to Wembley after cancelling out Jonny Evans' first half opener, but Javier Hernandez's dramatic last-gasp goal sent the game to penalties.
United missed four of their five spot-kicks in the shoot-out as Sunderland prevailed 2-1 with Vito Mannone crucially saving Rafael's fifth spot-kick to send Sunderland to Wembley.
Bardsley admitted his goal was lucky after David De Gea somehow let the full-back's shot squirm through his grasp in what was an uncharacteristic effort from the Spanish keeper.
"Soon as I hit the target I thought you've always got a chance," Bardsley told Sky Sports 1. "I think it was a little bit lucky it wobbled a little bit in front of De Gea and he threw it in a little bit, but they all count."
Bardsley admitted it was a surreal experience to score against his former club and boyhood heroes.
"Yeah Salford boy you know scoring at Old Trafford against Man Utd is unbelievable, unbelievable I can't say anything else."
Sunderland have impressed in their run to the final dumping out Chelsea as well as United and Bardsley insists they deserve their glory after a tough campaign in the Premier League to date.
"It has been a remarkable achievement from the lads and they've dug in the last three months and worked their socks off and you know we are getting the rewards from winning at places like this.
Sunderland will face Manchester City in the final and Bardsley hopes they can give their fans a day to remember at Wembley.
"9,000 fans here tonight you know they deserve a day out at Wembley and every away game they travel in their thousands and fair play to them they deserve a great day out and hopefully we can give them that," concluded Bardsley.