Team work is the key to Di Canio’s Sunderland success says Stephane Sessegnon

MOVING FORWARD: Stephane Sessegnon
MOVING FORWARD: Stephane Sessegnon
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STEPHANE SESSEGNON says Paolo Di Canio’s crash course in Premier League survival has focused on teamwork, rather than singling out Sunderland’s reigning Player of the Season for special attention.

STEPHANE SESSEGNON says Paolo Di Canio’s crash course in Premier League survival has focused on teamwork, rather than singling out Sunderland’s reigning Player of the Season for special attention.

Sessegnon’s first half strike proved sufficient for Sunderland to extend the margin with the relegation zone to six points on Saturday, as the Black Cats marked Di Canio’s home bow with a first victory over Everton in 12 years.

Di Canio singled out Sessegnon for praise afterwards, with the Benin international netting his second in as many games to take his tally for the campaign to seven.

But Sessegnon revealed that he has not held any grand head-to-head talks with Sunderland’s head coach, with Di Canio’s methods centering on making his new charges gel as a unit.

Sessegnon said: “He hasn’t said anything particularly special to me.

“Above all, his message has been about working as a team. That’s what we’ve done in training and tried to do in the games.

“And you can see the results.

“The defence was very solid against Everton and that has been the main thing the new manager has done differently. It’s all about working together and functioning together.”

The 28-year-old added: “It was an important time for me to score, right at the end of the first half, just before the break.

“It gave us a big boost going into half-time and deflated them a little bit.

“It was a good moment for me. Hopefully I can score more goals, but let’s see what happens.”