Steven Fletcher vows to end drought after SIX years without Scotland goal

DENIED ... Fletcher reacts against Northern Ireland.
DENIED ... Fletcher reacts against Northern Ireland.
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SUNDERLAND striker Steven Fletcher says his goal drought isn’t weighing on his mind – despite drawing another blank for his country this week.

Scotland star Fletcher failed to take a handful of chances that came his way in Wednesday night’s 1-0 friendly win against Northern Ireland.

ANOTHER BLANK ... Fletcher.

ANOTHER BLANK ... Fletcher.

The 27-year-old has gone six years without an international goal since scoring in the 2-1 win against Iceland in 2009.

His club form hasn’t been much better of late either. Fletcher has only scored four times this season – a brace against Stoke City in September and another double against Crystal Palace on November 3.

Since then, he’s made 22 appearances for club and country but failed to find the net.

However, he says the drought isn’t something that’s worrying him – and senses Sunday’s Euro 16 Group D qualifier against minnows Gibraltar as the perfect chances to get back among the goals.

If I wasn’t getting chances, I’d be complaining but I’m getting them so I just need to start taking them.

Steven Fletcher

“I’m looking to get back on the scoresheet as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s been a while.

“For me it was just about getting some minutes under my belt.

“I’ve not played too much this year so it feels good to get back out there.

“It doesn’t prey on my mind.

“If I wasn’t getting chances, I’d be complaining but I’m getting them so I just need to start taking them.

“So I need to get a goal just now never mind a hat-trick.

“Listen, if we get the opportunities on Sunday hopefully we can take them.

“If that means one of us getting a few then great.

“First and foremost, we just want to get the goals that give us a win and push up the table.”

Scotland needed a late goal from Christophe Berra to see off Northern Ireland, whose goalkeeper Michael McGovern kept them at bay for 85 minutes.

McGovern denied Fletcher on a couple of occasions, including saving a one-on-one in the first half.

“If we’d got an earlier goal, it would have been a bit more comfortable but at least we got one,” added Fletcher.

“We could have been ahead earlier. We’d a few chances in the first half – I’d a few myself.

“I’m going to blame the goalie for the one I missed and not myself.

“In fairness, he pulled off a few good saves although it was frustrating we never got the goal before we did.

“But the win keeps us going for the weekend. It was good preparation for Sunday.

“A few of the boys, like myself, haven’t been playing too much football so it was good to get a few minutes.”