Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon hails team effort after FA Cup win over Middlesbrough

Stephane Sessegnon says Sunderland performed as a team to beat Boro.

Stephane Sessegnon says Sunderland performed as a team to beat Boro.

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STEPHANE Sessegnon today played down the impact of his scoring streak despite a fourth goal in eight ensuring Sunderland prevailed in the Tees-Wear derby.

Sessegnon’s 113th minute strike settled an epic battle at the Riverside last night after Middlesbrough fought back from Jack Colback’s opener to send the FA Cup fourth round replay into extra time.

The ever-present Benin international has been by far Sunderland’s greatest attacking threat this season and his seventh of the campaign took him to the top of the Black Cats’ scoring list.

Sessegnon insists victories rather than goals remain his priority.

The 27-year-old told SportMail: “The most important thing is the team wins.

“If the team keeps winning and I can play a part in that victory with goals, then it’s obviously pleasing.

“It’s enjoyable playing in this team at the moment because I’ve been given the opportunity to play a role where I can link the play and be heavily involved.

“It’s a team with a lot of spirit to win as well and doesn’t think about losing at all.”

Read full story, plus a full report on last night’s FA Cup drama at the Riverside, in today’s Sportmail.