LOUIS Saha is eager for his first Sunderland goal to be a meaningful one as he looks to break his duck at former club Everton this weekend.
French frontman Saha is yet to find the net for the Black Cats after making 10 appearances – seven of which have come from the bench – since penning a one-year deal at the Stadium of Light in the summer.
But the 34-year-old is getting closer to hitting the mark – heading just over the top with keeper Brad Guzan beaten in last weekend’s defeat to Aston Villa.
That would have provided a priceless leveller for goal-shy Sunderland, and Saha wants to open his account with such a meaningful strike.
Saha said: “You always work hard for that first goal, and the pressure is off when you get it.
“But you want to make sure you get when it’s the right moment. You don’t want to score when you’re 3-0 down and you don’t need it.”
Saha couldn’t pick a much more opportune moment for his first Sunderland goal than this Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park.
The striker spent three and a half years with the Toffees, making more than 100 appearances for the club before he moved to Tottenham on a free transfer last January.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill will hope Saha can haunt his former club, with Sunderland in the doldrums after three defeats in five games and a measly tally of just six Premier League goals all season.
Saha can understand the frustration among supporters – particularly with Sunderland drawing six of their nine top flight outings this season – yet he is confident that the victories are not too far away for O’Neill’s side.
“You always want to do more, and I think the team can do it and as a player I think I can do more as well,” added the former France international.
“When you’re drawing many games, you always expect more because we’re here to win games.
“But we’re training to improve.
“We’ve done OK, but the fans can ask more because they see things.
“But football is a difficult job, and I really think we are close to winning games.”