STEPHANE Sessegnon hopes lightning strikes twice against Bolton to edge him closer to his double figures target.
Sessegnon scored Sunderland’s opener in October’s reverse fixture with the Trotters as the Black Cats secured one of only two victories under Steve Bruce prior to his dismissal.
That was the first of the Benin international’s eight goals this season, a tally which has left him alongside Seb Larsson at the top of Sunderland’s scoring charts.
But the 27-year-old has not found the net in Sunderland’s last six outings and is keen to get back among the goals to reach his target of 10 for the campaign.
Sessegnon has never hit double figures in a solitary season and is keen to achieve both that objective along with Sunderland’s aim of a top half finish.
He told the Echo: “I hope I can repeat a goal against Bolton.
“But it doesn’t matter if I score, the most important thing is the team wins.
“I’m desperate to get into double figures before the end of the season, although that’s tough with just three games to go.
“It’s still possible and it’s something I’m keen to get.
“At the start of the season, my aim was to get 10 goals because I’d never done that before.
“I will be pleased if I can do that and the team finishes in the top 10. Then it will be a case of our mission has been accomplished.”
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill will be equally keen for Sessegnon to find the scoresheet tomorrow after more than six hours without a goal for the Black Cats.
Sessegnon is not convinced that Sunderland have developed any psychological fears over finding the net.
But the former Paris St Germain forward has warned that Sunderland cannot purely concentrate on going forward against a Bolton side flush from the success of beating fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
Sessegnon added: “I hope it’s not a mental thing. Before the last four matches, we’ve scored regularly for most of the season.
“It’s just one of those things that happens.
“But we must be on our guard defensively as well, particularly against a team like Bolton who will be tough to break down and try to hit us on the counter-attack.
“It’s true that it was a big victory for Bolton on Tuesday night and it will have done a lot for their confidence.
“But we’ve got three matches left and we want to finish well. We don’t want to be giving any presents away to the opposition.
“To finish in the top 10 is a big thing for us. It will be difficult against a side like Bolton, but we need to get back winning.
“We want to improve on last season when we finished 10th.
“That was our goal at the start of the season and although we’ve fallen out of it last week, it’s still important we get back there.”