Sunderland can share goals

Kieren Richardson scores the first goal.'SAFC V Blackpool, final score 2-1 to Sunderland.'Keiren Richardson scored both goals for Sunderland.
Kieren Richardson scores the first goal.'SAFC V Blackpool, final score 2-1 to Sunderland.'Keiren Richardson scored both goals for Sunderland.

BOLO Zenden today insisted Kieran Richardson’s Blackpool heroics proves Sunderland are not just reliant on sole striker Asamoah Gyan for goals.

Richardson grabbed a brace at Bloomfield Road on Saturday to break his duck for the season and seal a third win out of four for Steve Bruce’s side.

The 26-year-old was used as the most advanced member of a midfield five who had managed just a solitary goal before the weekend’s 2-1 victory.

But the system suited the Black Cats who made light of their threadbare attacking options following the departure of Darren Bent and injuries to Fraizer Campbell and Danny Welbeck.

Club captain Zenden hopes Sunderland can boost their ranks in the remaining eight days of the transfer window although he believes Richardson’s display shows the loss of last season’s top scorer Bent will not prove fatal.

Zenden said: “It’s a different position for Kieran behind the striker and he’s got the energy to play there.

“We put him in the right areas and he had two good finishes.

“That shows a bit of strength in the squad that we’re not reliant on just one player to score the goals. That’s obviously what we were afraid of when Darren went.

“The manager and chairman are still trying to fill the gap which is normal, whether it’s going to be a permanent or loan deal.

“But we haven’t got too many strikers because there’s two that are injured.

“When they are back, they can fill in the gap but that may take a while.”

Zenden added: “Obviously everyone has been talking about Darren leaving.

“But the only thing for us to do was to get our heads focused on the weekend and there hasn’t been too much talk about it.

“We stuck together, kept it tight and we worked hard to get the result. It’s another big result for us.”