DANNY Graham insists his on-going goalless run for Sunderland will not dent his confidence.
In six starts and two subs appearances, the former Swansea man is yet to break his duck in red and white stripes.
But the striker, who last scored in the Swans’ 2-0 defeat of Chelsea on January 9, told the Echo: “I’m convinced that my first Sunderland goal isn’t far away.”
Graham might have got off the mark at the weekend with an early chance in the Tyne-Wear derby, only to be hauled back as he looked to swivel on his shot.
“I might have got off the mark against Newcastle but it wasn’t to be,” he reflected. “I fancied myself to score when I got the early chance where Steven Taylor tugged me back by the shirt.
“But I’ve seen the replays and to be fair to the referee, he was unsighted.
“It was just one of those things, but I’m sure they will come.”
Graham’s confidence has been increased by being part of Sunday’s thumping victory over Sunderland’s Tyneside rivals.
And he also points out that every striker has to endure the occasional goal drought.
“My derby performance was my best yet for the club and I’m happy with the direction things are going for me generally.
“Spells without goals happen to even the best of us.
“You look at Robin van Persie at Manchester United, who has gone 10 games for United without a goal and if it can happen to him it can happen to anyone.
“But he has bounced back and I know it won’t be long before I’m on the score-sheet again. I’m not too worried about that.
“And even if takes longer to score, I’ll live with that as long as I’m doing my share for the team and we’re getting good results.
“It took a little while getting used to the way Sunderland played and then we’ve changed it again now.
“But I thought I played well up front with Stephane Sessegnon on Sunday with him getting on the end of flick-ons and us stretching their defence as a pairing.
“Now I’m looking forward to the next game, looking to get a goal, but just as importantly, looking to get us another good result.”