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Oct 23, 2012

Sessegnon wants goal rush

Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon believes the club must be more dangerous going forward if they are to begin improving results.

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Sessegnon, 28, admitted it was unfortunate that the Black Cats had not shown more going forward given the talent at their disposal, but was pleased with their ability to pick up points.

"We've continued to pick up points at the start of the season which is the most important thing," he told the Sunderland Echo. "But it's clear at the moment that we can still improve a lot. We know that offensively we've had a few difficulties this season.

"It's unfortunate that we haven't been able to show more going forward over the opening two months. But we've got to keep our confidence and continue to work hard and I'm sure the goals will come.

"We're not creating those chances and again on Sunday, neither me or Fletch (Steven Fletcher) saw a lot of the ball, not as much as we'd have liked definitely."

The former PSG player added: "It's something we need to improve upon because we've not created many chances all season. We need to be more dangerous going forward. Newcastle were able to get men behind the ball. They kept their shape and we didn't have many chances to get a goal back. It's hard in those circumstances and we needed to do more to create a goal."

Those sentiments were echoed by his manager - with Martin O'Neill admitting teams will not just open up for his side, challenging his creative players to find new ways to exploit teams.

"There's definitely an element of that, but you should expect that, you should expect the opposition - they are not just going to create a path for you just to go and do what you want," O'Neill explained.

"We have to try to find some other ways either of getting them into the game a little bit more. That's very obvious, what we have to try to do. When you are a confidence player and you are trying a few things and they don't come off for you, it takes a really strong character to go and try to do that again the next time around. But I have got confidence in the players and I feel we are capable of doing that."

Meanwhile, defender Carlos Cuellar has revealed that despite only winning one league game this season confidence remains high on Wearside.

"We are doing very well. People will say we have only won one game in the league, but we have only lost one game – that was against Manchester City, the champions," Cuellar said. "The team is stronger and I just feel the key for us is to create more chances, score more goals. The look and the confidence of the team is fantastic and we are all confident we will be higher up the table."

"It is good we got the point [against Newcastle] though because the atmosphere is still high. We still believe now, that's the main thing. We are prepared for everything."

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