Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has urged top scorer Jermain Defoe to get back amongst the goals for the Black Cats.
The defence is the manager’s major concern but he also needs his former England striker to keep finding the back of the net at the other end of the field in an effort to pick up points.
The 33-year-old is the club’s leading scorer, with 10 this season, but has not found the back of the net more than once in the last seven games and Allardyce is urging him to get back on the goal trail.
“We had five shots on target in the first half on Tuesday and the wee man had about three,” Allardyce told the Chronicle.
“We just hope that he’s going to get over this barren spell because we need him to.
“At least Dame got his first goal to get him underway. We’ve got to try to score more goals. We had to rely on a wonder goal from Fabio Borini, which we want to see more of.
“We need more goals of that quality in the final third, because it’s something we’re lacking in.”