STEPHANE Sessegnon admits he had a point to prove after helping Sunderland avoid a third defeat in four.
Sessegnon and strike partner Nicklas Bendtner provided the spark for Sunderland to overcome a two-goal deficit against West Brom at the weekend, even if it wasn’t enough to secure the victory that would have halted some of the flak flying the way of Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.
Seven days ago, Sessegnon produced arguably the worst performance of his nine-month long Sunderland career at Norwich City, with the out-of-sorts Benin international hauled off with 25 minutes to go of a hapless display from the visitors.
But the 27-year-old worked fluently in tandem with Bendtner in the 2-2 draw with the Baggies as Sunderland ensured they entered the two-week international break with at least something to show for their efforts.
Sessegnon told the Echo: “At Norwich, I didn’t have the best of games and I was particularly disappointed with my performance.
“I didn’t feel I had played my part or helped the team. But it was a tough evening for the team. We weren’t mobile enough or moved the ball quickly enough.
“We had the chance to work on things during the week and it was important to get something before the international break because if we hadn’t got anything, it would have been a tough two weeks.
“Everyone is disappointed in the dressing room that we didn’t win the game, but we’ve got to concentrate on the positives of coming back from 2-0 down.”
Sessegnon felt Sunderland should have made more of their comeback on Saturday after recovering from falling behind to two goals in a 90-second spell within the first five minutes.
Bendtner and Ahmed Elmohamady’s first goals for the club handed Sunderland parity before the break, but Bruce’s side couldn’t make the most of their second half pressure as they meandered to a third draw of the campaign.
“It’s a shame because we approached the game confident of getting three points,” added Sessegnon. “We played well after losing the game last Monday night and we had the opportunities to win.
“We lost concentration in the first five minutes and it’s always difficult when you go 2-0 down so early to get something out of the game.
“It was important that we hit back before half-time because if it had been 2-0 then, it would have been an uphill task. But we kept going, moved the ball well and got two goals quickly.
“It was a good header from Ahmed for the equaliser after Nicklas had got the first goal. If we had played to our maximum, we would have gone on and won the game after that.
“We had the chances and it was unfortunate that we couldn’t take any in the second half.
“We tried to keep the pressure up until the end of the game, but we couldn’t get that winner.”