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Sunderland striker Danny Graham believes he is already reaping the benefits of new manager Paolo Di Canio's attacking philosophy.

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Graham, 27, joined the Black Cats from Swansea in a £5 million deal on the final day of the January transfer window. After a difficult start to his Sunderland career, he gave what he felt was his best performance in the red and white stripes in the 3-0 win at Newcastle.

Crediting the derby triumph to Di Canio's tactical style, Graham told the Sunderland Echo: "I worked hard for the team against Newcastle, and I was pleased with my performance.

"I didn't get on the scoresheet, but I think that was the best I've played in a Sunderland shirt. Of course I would have liked to have scored but, if ever a game was about the result rather than individual glory, than the derby is it.

"It was a great team performance, a fantastic victory which has lifted everyone around the place, and that's what counts. But it did my confidence a world of good, too, because we are very attack-minded now and that suits my game."

He said Di Canio "really wants us to go forward", adding: "That's great for someone like me. He was a striker himself and he scored a lot of goals - a lot of good goals at that - so we've got that on our side as forwards.

"I'm convinced that my first Sunderland goal isn't far away. You look at Robin van Persie at Manchester United, who has gone 10 games without a goal, and if it can happen to him it can happen to anyone.

"But he has bounced back, and I know it won't be long before I'm on the scoresheet again. I'm not too worried about that."


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