Bardsley hails Wembley-bound Sunderland’s ‘remarkable achievement’

Phil Bardsley battles United's Shinji Kagawa tonight
Phil Bardsley battles United's Shinji Kagawa tonight
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Phil Bardsley hailed Sunderland’s “remarkable achievement” after helping to take the Black Cats to Wembley for the Capital One Cup final.

The former Manchester United player looked to have put Sunderland through with a shot which goalkeeper David De Gea spilled into his own net, taking Sunderland ahead on aggregate just before the end of extra time, only for Javier Hernandez’s finish to force penalties.

Sunderland then squeezed through 2-1 in the shoot-out, with Vito Mannone making the vital save to deny Rafael to take Sunderland to Wembley for the March 2 final against Manchester City.

Bardsley, who admitted his goal was “a bit lucky”, said: “As a Salford boy, scoring at Old Trafford against Manchester United, unbelievable.

“It’s been a remarkable achievement from the lads. They’ve dug in the last three months, worked their socks off and we’re getting the rewards.”

*Don’t miss tomorrow’s Sunderland Echo for the biggest and best coverage of the semi-final drama#