Sessegnon: We need to win games
Stephane Sessegnon believes that Sunderland must start to win their games if they are to dispel close-season nerves.
Sessegnon, 28, scored his side's equaliser as Sunderland came from 2-0 down to draw against Fulham at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Currently 14th in the Premier League table, the Black Cats have recorded just two wins in 2013, something their midfielder is keen to rectify.
"We know we've got to put more points on the board and we need to get some wins to stop things becoming nervy, but I think if we can continue in this vein we'll be fine," he said. "A 2-2 draw is not a good result for us because Saturday's was a game we targeted to win but once we were two goals behind I would say that we probably would have taken a point. It's important we just try to get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season.
"It was important to come back because it was a match we felt we had to win. We could have done that in the end because we had a lot of possession and pressure. After getting the equaliser we had the motivation to go on and get a winner but to come away with something was important. It's difficult to judge our position in the league at the moment because it's not where we wanted to be at the start of the season. We were unfortunate at the end that we weren't able to get the win."
Sessegnon's equaliser was just his fifth goal of the season for Sunderland, but the Benin international says he was more concerned about the result rather than getting himself on the scoresheet.
"The goal I scored didn't really matter to me because we weren't able to get the three points we wanted. I just want to play. As long as I get an opportunity to play, I'm happy," he said. "I'll play anywhere in the team to get my opportunity, and when I do I'll give it my best. I am only happy if we win games, not when I score. Scoring goals is only good when it is towards a victory for the team. A goal is only a goal to me and it only means something if we win. But I do want to score more goals, as that's an important part of my game."
Manager Martin O'Neill was keen to praise his playmaker following his performance, believing that Sessegnon is beginning to return to the form that earned him last season's player of the year award at the club.
"He's playing brilliantly at this minute." he said. "He's looking very dangerous, he's going past players and he's regained his confidence which is big. I think the couple of goals he's got has helped him as well. In fairness last week he was flying before he did score the goal.
"Down either side he can do it, and with Danny [Graham] coming into the side he's happy enough to go there. When Danny came off he went back into the position."