Sunderland must help Fletcher with goals, says Colback

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JACK Colback says new Sunderland team-mate Steven Fletcher badly needs support in the goal stakes.

It’s a one-man show in front of goal so far, with the £12m man keeping the Black Cats ticking over.

Fletcher has enjoyed a flying start since swapping Wolves for Wearside in the final week of the summer transfer window – scoring four Premier League goals in his first three games.

And Colback admitted: “He has been brilliant for us so far and it’s great to be playing in a side with a natural goalscorer.

“It makes a difference to the rest of the team when they know that there’s someone ahead of them who is likely to put away the chances created for him.

“But we know that we have to look at getting goals from more players than just him.

“I do think there are goals in the side from other positions, I don’t think that’s a worry. It’s just the way it has fallen in that no one has chipped in so far.

“It’s unusual that it hasn’t happened yet but it will and it’s obviously something we’ll be looking at.”

Colback felt sure in the dying stages of Saturday’s game at Upton Park that Fletcher’s ninth-minute strike was going to be enough to take all three points from West Ham.

And it was no consolation for the young midfielder to reflect that on the balance of play, despite Kevin Nolan’s late equaliser, a draw was probably a fair result.

“West Ham had a lot of the play but I thought we defended very well,” said the 22-year-old, who has played every minute of Sunderland’s season so far.

“To lose the lead so late on was really tough to take. They’re a big, physical team that made it difficult for us but I thought we coped well with pretty much everything they threw at us.

“So to concede so late on, well, it felt more like a defeat than a draw.

“West Ham are always trying to put you under a lot of pressure but Simon Mignolet made a good save, they hit the bar, and the way we defended, it looked as though it was going to be our day.

“The last 15 minutes felt like forever and just at we thought we were over the line it was taken away. The disappointing thing was that we sat deep because of the way they play and looked to hit them on the break and that worked for us.

“We had chances to kill the game off but we just weren’t able to get that second goal.”