Sessegnon urges Sunderland to stop wasting chances

Stephane Sessegnon of Sunderland gets past Chris Brunt of West Brom.
Stephane Sessegnon of Sunderland gets past Chris Brunt of West Brom.
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STEPHANE Sessegnon says Sunderland must find an imminent solution to their wastefulness after dropping back to the fringes of the relegation scrap.

Sunderland’s longest losing streak in the Premier League this season has reduced the gap with the bottom three to five points after the Black Cats succumbed to a 2-1 loss at West Brom on Saturday.

But as against Reading and Arsenal earlier this month, Martin O’Neill’s men had the opportunities to come away with a point – most notably in stoppage time when substitute James McClean blazed over the bar from six yards out.

Benin international Sessegnon, back to his best in the second half against the Baggies, knows it is a pattern which is proving costly with Sunderland’s Premier League status still in the balance ahead of this Saturday’s visit of Fulham.

Sessegnon (pictured)told the Echo: “We had chance after chance, but, at the end of the day, we lost.

“It’s unfortunate because I think we deserved to get something.

“But it’s a familiar story.

“That’s what happens. Football can be difficult.

“At the start of the season, we had some difficulties creating chances.

“Now we’ve begun to do that, but, if they come along, we’ve got to improve in taking them.

“It was the same in the last few matches. We’ve had lots of chances, but if you miss them, you lose. We need to start winning games again.

“We’ve lost our last three Premier League games and that’s a sequence which we need to end.

“The chance at the end for McClean was a bit like the match for us.

“You’ve got to take your opportunities at key points in the game if you want to get something.

“It’s a shame because we played well at a difficult place.”

Sessegnon’s first goal since December gave Sunderland hope of a point in the West Midlands after Romelu Lukaku’s double handed the hosts a two-goal advantage.

But the Black Cats were aggrieved at referee Roger East for his failure to award them a penalty on the stroke of half-time for a clear handball by Baggies defender Gareth McAuley after Craig Gardner was penalised for the same offence at the other end.

“I think that after the penalty, the same thing happened in their area,” added Sessegnon.

“We should have had a penalty ourselves which would have eased our disappointment.

“We responded well to it in the second half, but we didn’t manage to get an equaliser and then they went 2-0 in front.

“That made it hard, because, at 1-0, we still had the possibility of going on to win the game.

“But, at 2-0, it left us with too much to do.

“We still had the chances to make 2-2 though and that would probably have been fair.

“But it’s obviously something we need to change in the next match.”