Matt Kilgallon is confident Sunderland will end drought

Sebastian Larsson of Sunderland shoots wide under pressure from Eric Lichaj of Villa.
Sebastian Larsson of Sunderland shoots wide under pressure from Eric Lichaj of Villa.
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MATT KILGALLON says Sunderland have too much quality for their goal drought to go on much longer.

The Black Cats’ 0-0 weekend draw at Villa Park extended their run without a goal to more than six hours – though Nicklas Bendtner had the ball in the net, only for it to be wrongly ruled offside.

But Kilgallon (pictured) believes it is only a matter of time before the goals start flying in for Sunderland again.

“We are getting so much right and the goals will come, especially with the players we have up there,” he said.

“Sess is a little magician.

“When you train with him he goes around you and he’s spun your T-shirt back to front.

“He goes past you so quickly, your clothes are on the wrong way around!

“James McClean out there on the left is putting things on a plate with his crosses and all we need is Bendtner to get on the edge of things – one day we are going to give someone a good hiding

“And it was a goal – Nicklas wasn’t offside. I have watched the goal again and he wasn’t off.”

Kilgallon was proud of the way Sunderland didn’t let that injustice weigh them down and proud of the way the Wearsiders went on to ensure that if they weren’t going to score, they at least wouldn’t concede either.

“The offside decision was unfortunate, but it’s football to be fair, and we didn’t let that get to us,” added the former Sheffield United defender.

“It’s frustrating but if you don’t get your heads down after a setback like that then chances are the ball will end up in the back of your own net.

“We kept our heads down and I think we played some good football at Villa. The game was wide open and we moved the ball really well – we just couldn’t get the finishing touch. But, again, we defended well and it’s another clean sheet which is a real positive.”

Sunderland players were aware of the significance of the game from Martin O’Neill’s point of view – the Irishman returning to the club where he spent four years before a controversial exit – but O’Neill made sure he didn’t put his side under any extra pressure.

“The manager prepared us exactly the same,” revealed Kilgallon.

“That’s what the gaffer is like - it’s all about us. He told us to forget what had happened at Villa to him and that we had to treat this game like any other.”

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