Gyan: Birmingham win would lead to more Sunderland joy

Asamoah Gyan

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ASAMOAH Gyan says if Sunderland beat Birmingham City at St Andrews on Saturday, he’d back them to beat Wigan and Fulham in the Black Cats’ next two home games.

The club’s record signing is convinced Sunderland can still end the season on a high, but says that, in order to do so, the Wearsiders need to get over the 40-point mark this weekend.

“We need a win,” he told the Echo.

“That’s what our season boils down to.

“You can talk for hours about how badly the results have gone and what might happen in the remaining games, but it all comes down to the fact that we need that win.

“If we get it, I think it would change everything.

“All of a sudden, the pressure would be off and you would see our players expressing themselves again and playing as we know they can.

“And if we were to beat Birmingham this weekend, I think you would see the real Sunderland in the games coming up at the Stadium of Light because then we would be playing without pressure. We could go out and enjoy ourselves and play with freedom and we have the quality to win both those games.

“I think we would have beaten West Bromwich Albion (last Saturday), or at least got a draw, if we had been feeling that little more confident and not gone back into our shells in the second half, but this is what can happen when you play a few games without winning.”

Sunderland – with just one point from the last eight games – are sure to find the going tough this Saturday against a relegation-threatened Birmingham side who are dangerous from set-pieces and play a tough, physical, pressing game.

The onus on the goalscoring front, especially if Sunderland opt for a five-man midfield, is bound to fall on lone striker Gyan.

But, while he won’t shirk away from that challenge, he admits: “If Sunderland need a win, I need a goal!”

The Ghanaian striker is Sunderland’s top scorer in the wake of Darren Bent’s departure, with 11 goals in 34 appearances, but he has not found the back of the net for Steve Bruce’s men for half-a-dozen games – his last goal coming in the 2-1 defeat to Spurs in early February.

“It is a long time to go without a goal and I could do with one,” he said. “It wouldn’t matter how good a goal it is. I don’t mind if it is a scrappy one or an ugly one, just so long as it goes in.

“It is a long time not to be on the scoresheet and I love to score goals. It’s the best thing in football.”

Gyan is a livewire character who plays the game with a smile on his face, but he concedes there has been little to smile about in recent weeks.

“I always try to be happy and I know that bad runs like this can happen.

“It can happen to anyone – it happened to Chelsea after we beat them earlier in the season, it happened to Liverpool when things weren’t going for them and it happened to West Brom before they started to pick up.

“I find it hard to be happy because I know how badly people are hurting in Sunderland and I find it hard to be happy because I want these results to change and I want to get back to scoring goals like I was earlier in the season.

“I am not getting much in the way of chances, but maybe I can take whatever comes my way this weekend in order for us to get the result we want because I really believe that just one win changes everything.”