WES BROWN believes Sunderland’s frontmen will reap the rewards from putting their names on the scoresheet.
Strike pair Nicklas Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon both grabbed their third goals of the season in Wednesday’s victory at QPR.
But despite troubling Neil Warnock’s side throughout, it has been a mixed campaign so far for the duo.
Bendtner endured a slump after an encouraging start to his season-long loan spell from Arsenal, while ever-present Sessegnon has played on both flanks and in the hole behind the striker in a bid to get the most of the Benin international’s undoubted ability.
But centre-half Brown, himself on the mark with a crucial late winner at QPR, insists Sunderland’s front pair can now head into Boxing Day’s visit of Everton with renewed confidence.
Brown told the Echo: “The two strikers were excellent on Wednesday.
“If they can keep doing that it boosts the whole team.
“We’ve not been scoring many goals and everyone has got to chip in.
“But at QPR, I thought the frontmen were fantastic and I’m sure they’ll only get confidence from it.”
Everton have proved to be Sunderland’s bogey team over the last decade – the Black Cats not tasting victory over the Toffees either home or away since 2001.
But David Moyes’ goal-shy side have endured a modest start to the season, Wednesday’s win over Swansea taking them to 11th in the top flight table.
Brown believes the boost of victory at Loftus Road can help Sunderland end their Everton hoodoo, though, by securing a third win in four under Martin O’Neill.
“If we can get another win against Everton, it would be fantastic for us,” added the 32-year-old.
“If you look at Everton at the moment, you could probably say they are not playing to the best of their ability as well.
“So we can go into the game confident. We’re at home and we’ve just got three points at QPR.
“If we had scraped three points, I would still have been happy with a 1-0 win. Now we can take that into the next game.
“We know we’ve got the players.
“As the gaffer says, as long as we can get the confidence out of the players, get on the ball and play our own game, we know what we can do. We do it in training every day.”