Richardson seeks defeat response

10 January 2011 06:48
Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson is looking to bounce back in Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby following their shock FA Cup exit at home to Notts County.The Wearsiders rallied well after the 5-1 derby defeat against Newcastle in October with a four-match unbeaten run and are again looking for a response. [LNB]"We responded well after the Newcastle defeat," points out Richardson. "We beat Chelsea and drew with Tottenham. [LNB]"So hopefully next week we'll be happy," he told BBC Newcastle. [LNB]Sunderland have only lost consecutive games once this season, when they followed the 2-0 Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United with another reverse by the same scoreline at home to Blackpool two days later. [LNB]And Richardson knows that his side will need no extra motivation this weekend. [LNB]"We've got a massive game," he said. "And we need to get our heads down and train well.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "This defeat should not be the motivation, because it's a big game. [LNB]"And everyone should be motivated anyway from that 5-1 defeat. [LNB]"The lads will remember how bad it was. Words can't express the way I felt after that game. [LNB]"Those lads who haven't played in that derby before should now know how much it means to the Sunderland fans." [LNB]Sunday's game (1200 GMT) will be the first derby at the Stadium of Light since October 2008, when Richardson hit Sunderland's winner in a 2-1 victory - the Wearsiders' only win in the last 12 derby meetings. [LNB]That is one of only eight goals in 105 appearances since his £5.5m move from Manchester United in July 2007.

Source: BBC_Sport