STEPHANE Sessegnon insists Sunderland must remain upbeat at Craven Cottage this weekend, rather than dwell on their three-game losing streak.
Sunderland face Fulham on Sunday, having taken just two points from their last five Premier League encounters and with just one top-flight victory to their name all season.
In contrast, the Cottagers find themselves on a five-game unbeaten run and situated comfortably in the top half of the table.
But Sunderland were much-improved in last weekend’s game at Everton, and Benin international Sessegnon believes the Black Cats must draw strength from that performance, rather than wilt under the pressure to pick up points.
Sessegnon told the Gazette: “There were a lot of positives against Everton, and we’ve got to take them into this weekend because it’s a big game down at Fulham.
“It’s another chance for us to get that win we need.
“We’ve had a full week of training to prepare, and there’s more to encourage us going forward into the next few games.
“If we had come away with a 1-0 win at Everton, it would have been a massive boost for us. We played a good match, and we were all disappointed we weren’t able to come away with three points again.
“But we created far more chances at Everton, and let’s hope we can do the same at Fulham.”
A failure to profit from those chances proved to be Sunderland’s undoing at Goodison Park, with Sessegnon one of the guilty parties after spurning a one-on-one inside the opening four minutes.
But at least Sunderland were able to create opportunities after their limp attack had laboured to just one goal in the previous five games.
Forward Sessegnon, himself far better against Everton, is confident that is a sign that Sunderland are making progress as an attacking unit.
The 28-year-old added: “It was much better. It’s clear from the chances we created in the first 45 minutes that it was better than previous games.
“We knew we were facing a tough team, but we tried to get into the final third, which we did well.
“And then Johnno (Adam Johnson) got us that goal, which showed his quality.”