Fabio Borini hopes he can continue his scoring run with a more meaningful goal in this week’s visit of former club Liverpool.
Borini was one of the few Sunderland players to emerge with any credit from Boxing Day’s dismal defeat against Manchester City, after the Italian at least showed some hunger and got on the scoresheet with a second-half consolation.
Sub Lee Cattermole’s scuffed shot found its way through to an alert Borini and, at the second attempt, he beat Joe Hart at the near post
It was a second goal in as many games for Borini after reopening his Sunderland account in the 3-1 defeat at Chelsea nine days ago, with the 24-year-old facing another of his ex-employers when Liverpool visit the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.
Borini was bitter about his treatment at Liverpool last season, yet insists he has said all he wants too about his time at Anfield.
But after being forced to be content with consolation goals in the last two games, Borini wants to help Sunderland to a more meaningful result, with the Black Cats facing two pivotal home encounters against Liverpool and basement boys Aston Villa.
Borini told the Echo: “Obviously, the goals give you a little bit of confidence, but at the end of the day, all that matters is the result.
“Yes, I’d like to score against Liverpool. More than anyone else.
“I’ve said everything I want to already about my time there.
“But these games are both huge for us.
“We have a points target for the next few games and that’s what we’re obviously trying to achieve.”
Sunderland were utterly wretched at City and found themselves 3-0 down inside the opening 22 minutes.
Sam Allardyce’s side have now conceded a total of six goals in their last three games before even reaching the midway point of the first half.
Borini believes Sunderland have to forget about the manner of the loss at City, yet knows that they have to end the pattern of starting the game on the back foot.
“You can say almost the same thing as Chelsea, that we lost the game with the way we started the game,” he added.
“We’re not starting games well and we need to focus on the first halves and make sure we are still in the game in the second half.
“When you give the first half away against the big teams, they take their chances.
“Now we’re playing at home. This period is busy so you have to make sure you recover well.
“That’s the most important thing. That we forget about Saturday and make sure we’re ready for Wednesday night.”