Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson would swap goals for precious points

Kieran Richardson, with former Black Cat Dean Whitehead, says he would gladlyl swap goals for points.
Kieran Richardson, with former Black Cat Dean Whitehead, says he would gladlyl swap goals for points.
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KIERAN RICHARDSON would gladly swap goals for points despite waiting 14 months to end his drought.

Richardson’s second minute strike in Sunderland’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke City last weekend was his fourth in three games since being handed an attacking midfield role.

The 26-year-old had gone 41 games without finding the net before breaking his duck for the campaign in Sunderland’s win at Blackpool last month.

But subsequent goals against Chelsea and Stoke have come to nought after finishing on the losing side and Richardson is desperate to avoid a repeat scenario against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Richardson told the Echo: “I haven’t set myself a goals target or anything – I’m just going with the flow at the moment.

“I’m scoring goals but the last two games we’ve lost which is disappointing for me. I’d rather not score and us win.

“Hopefully against Tottenham I’ll score and we can go on and win.

“When you’re not scoring, it does play on the back of your mind. I’d never been that long without scoring before.

“But I think you can put some of it down to playing at left-back.

“I’m in that attacking role now though and enjoying it and I think everyone can see my best performances are coming in that role.”

Richardson was forced to play in a slightly deeper position at Stoke with new signing Stephane Sessegnon successfully deployed in the hole behind lone striker Asamoah Gyan.

But Richardson was still given licence to bomb forward and believes he is reaping the benefits of being used in his natural position.

The former Manchester United player will not sulk though if boss Steve Bruce opts to make the most of his versatility and send him back to left-back.

Richardson added: “Playing in the roles I’ve been playing behind the striker, I’ve relished the opportunity. I’m happy at the moment.

“The gaffer saw me there two years ago in pre-season playing just behind Benty (Darren Bent) so he knows I can play in that position.

“I wasn’t playing there last Saturday but once you’re scoring goals, you get the confidence and you want to score more.

“It will take Sess a while to settle in.

“But both of the new signings are looking good players. They’ll only get better when they’ve got their fitness together.

“I think the gaffer likes me there because I’m very quick and at the minute I’m enjoying my football.

“I’m part of the midfield as well and I can link the play. Hopefully that will continue.

“But Sunderland come before Richardson and if the gaffer wants to play me in a certain position, I’m more than happy to do that for the team.”