Sunderland defender Michael Turner has said that the club and the staff are extremely delighted to see the return of goalkeeper Craig Gordon the first team action.

Craig Gordon has had an injury laden spell during his time at Sunderland. He has just returned to the first-team action after more than a year of not playing football, which has also increased the speculation on his future. The goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season, but Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has said that he will give the former Scotland international every opportunity to prove himself in the remaining Premier league matches.

Craig and was making his first start for Sunderland since February 2011 in the match against Bolton during the weekend. Sunderland managed a 2-2 draw from the match. It was a good result considering that the team had nothing to play for in the remaining three matches of the Premier league season. Following the match, defender Michael Turner said that it was a great delight to see Gordon between the sticks once again. The 29-year-old goalkeeper was once thought of as the next big thing between the sticks, but he has offered a lot of injuries since he has been at Sunderland.

“It’s great, everyone’s pleased to see Craig back. He’s had 15 months since he last played, so well done to him for getting back playing, he’s had a tough ride. It’s always tough when you’ve been out for months on end. I’m sure he’ll be pleased with how it went for him,” Michael Turner said after the match. Bolton striker Kevin Davies caused a lot of problems for Craig Gordon during the match, but Turner said that it was expected because of the time he has been out of the first team action.


Sunderland came from behind in the most impressive fashion’s against Blackburn to record a much-needed win in the dying minutes of the game. Blackburn were leading the game 1-0 going into the final 10 min, but crucial substitutions from the new manager Martin O’Neill helped Sunderland to overturn the one goal deficit to a two-goal lead.

The three points against Blackburn provided them with much-needed breathing space from the relegation zone given that teams like Wigan had been picking up points in the last few weeks. Now, Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley has said that it took something special for them to beat Blackburn when everything looked beyond them.

Sunderland equalised through former Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan and Sebastian Larsson provided the much needed a goal just minutes before the final whistle. The 2-1 final result was extremely surprising for many who had been leaving the ground just a few minutes ago in the thought that Sunderland would never be able to get past Blackburn. This was Martin O’Neill’s first game in charge after the former Aston Villa manager watched his side lose by the same score against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. Blackburn defence held pretty strong up until then and Phil Bardsley reckons that it took something special to break them.

“Ten minutes made the world of difference. We dominated large parts of the game – Blackburn didn’t get over the halfway line that often in the second half and we put them under so much pressure. We needed that killer instinct and finally we got there in the last 10 minutes. It doesn’t matter when you get the goals as long as you end up with the three points on the board,” Phil Bardsley said after the win on the club’s official website. The win keeps Sunderland just two points ahead of the drop zone.