STEPHANE Sessegnon says Sunderland cannot expect to keep their points tally ticking over, if he and his fellow attackers continue to labour.
Sunderland have accumulated a reasonable total of eight points from their opening seven Premier League games and suffered just one defeat in the process – at last season’s champions Manchester City.
Yet the Black Cats are the joint lowest scorers in the division, with just six goals to their name, after the creative trio of Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and James McClean have all failed to spark so far.
Benin forward Sessegnon, again below par against Newcastle United on Sunday, has been unable to rediscover the form which saw him romp to Sunderland’s Player of the Year title last season, although he retains his confidence that the Wearsiders’ attack will come good.
Sessegnon told the Echo: “We’ve continued to pick up points at the start of the season which is the most important thing.
“But it’s clear at the moment that we can still improve a lot. We know that offensively we’ve had a few difficulties this season.
“It’s unfortunate that we haven’t been able to show more going forward over the opening two months.
“But we’ve got to keep our confidence and continue to work hard and I’m sure the goals will come.
“We’re not creating those chances and again on Sunday, neither me or Fletch (Steven Fletcher) saw a lot of the ball, not as much as we’d have liked definitely.
“It’s something we need to improve upon because we’ve not created many chances all season.
“We need to be more dangerous going forward.”
Sunderland required an 86th minute own goal from Newcastle striker Demba Ba to spare their blushes in the Wear-Tyne derby despite the Magpies being reduced to 10 men midway through the first half.
Sessegnon concedes Sunderland struggled to break their fierce rivals down, but stresses that the Black Cats at least avoided the ignominy of a third defeat in five outings against Newcastle.
“It was always going to be difficult for us after we conceding a goal within three minutes,” added the 28-year-old.
“Newcastle were able to get men behind the ball. They kept their shape and we didn’t have many chances to get a goal back.
“It’s hard in those circumstances and we needed to do more to create a goal.
“But then after we got the equaliser, we could have even gone on to get all three points.
“It was important to get the late goal because we hadn’t found it easy to break them down.
“We didn’t play well during the game, but at the end, that goal gave us a draw.
“It is so important not to lose that match and we were able to get on level terms.”