Phil Bardsley: "When you are not playing and you are out in the cold, it's difficult. It's difficult for your family, for your friends.
"You ask anyone in football and when you are not playing, you are not happy. It's as simple as that.
"I wasn't playing and it looked like my Sunderland career was well and truly over, to be honest.
"The manager has brought me back and shown faith in me and I owe him a lot for doing that.
"I felt myself that I owed this football club even more and hopefully I can continue doing that."