DANNY GRAHAM has been encouraged by the early signs of his fledgling partnership with Steven Fletcher.
Sunderland’s two frontmen are yet to find the net since Graham arrived in a £5million move from Swansea City on transfer deadline day.
But both had opportunities to hit the mark in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom, after Martin O’Neill paired the duo together in the starting XI for the first time in an orthodox 4-4-2 formation.
Although Sunderland suffered a third successive Premier League defeat, Graham believes there was enough to suggest that the two strikers can be a prolific double act.
The full debutant said: “I thought we did well and caused them a few problems at times.
“Both of us had a few chances and we were disappointed we didn’t get anything.
“I’m sure we’ll score a few goals before the end of the season.”
Sunderland’s profligacy in the penalty area – summed up by James McClean’s stoppage time miss from six yards out – cost the Black Cats a point, as was the case in the previous two outings against Reading and Arsenal.
But Graham insists Sunderland have to remain confident that their fortunes will turn in front of goal, as they look to end their longest losing streak of the season when Fulham visit the Stadium of Light this weekend.
“We’re creating chances, which is the main thing,” added the 27-year-old ex-Swansea forward.
“If we were playing the games, not creating anything and getting beat handsomely, it would be cause to worry.
“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing and I’m sure the goals will come.
“We continued to attack even when we were 2-0 down on Saturday, got the goal with 10 minutes to go and, on another day, could have got something from the game.
“We hit the post and James had a chance at the end, although it bounced up and made it a bit difficult for him.”