Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has described the club's 2-1 defeat of Blackpool as a 'statement' of intent following the departure of Darren Bent.Bent, who had scored 12 goals for the Black Cats this term, completed an £18m move to Aston Villa last Tuesday. [LNB]"Beating Blackpool was a statement from us to say we're not going to let it affect us," Gordon told BBC Newcastle. [LNB]"We're capable of bigger and better things with this club and we wanted to show we're still a strong team." [LNB]Gordon continued: "We're going to continue doing what we've done so far this season and try to finish it off as strongly as we can." [LNB]Bent joined Sunderland from Tottenham in August 2009 and went onto score 36 goals in 63 games for the club. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB] Meanwhile the Wearsiders' exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Notts County earlier this month has given Gordon and his team-mates an extended break before the visit of Chelsea on 1 February. [LNB]"We're a little bit thin on the ground as far as the squad's concerned, so it will give a few of the boys a chance to get back," said Gordon. [LNB]"It'll give those players who are out with medium-term injures a chance to get a bit nearer to fitness, and the one or two who are just about back a chance to get back into things and back into training before the next game."