JORDAN Henderson hopes his two goals on Saturday are just the start of him regularly appearing on Sunderland’s scoresheet in the seasons ahead.
The 20-year-old midfielder has scored just once this season – in the 1-0 win over West Ham in December – and knows that if he is to fulfil his ambition of becoming one of the country’s finest midfielders, he has to carry a goal threat.
And he says he will continue working hard at his game after a performance on Saturday which underlined why he is regarded as one of the best young prospects in the game.
“I just want to keep improving and keep learning and keep practicing the things I don’t think I’m good at and improve things I can get better at,” he said in the wake of Sunderland’s vital 4-2 win at the weekend.
“I will take it as it comes and be the best I can be but top midfielders score goals, it’s a vital part of the modern game.
“I want to score more goals, it’s something I’ve not managed to do enough of.
“Unless you are a different midfielder, like a holding midfielder who has a different mentality, you need to add your fair share.
“It’s something I know I’ve to work on.
“This is just the start, I can’t get carried away – I’ve only scored in two games this season and it’s not good enough.”
Henderson though could take enormous satisfaction from the way he despatched his two second-half goals on Saturday – his first an emphatic finish, his second a coolly measured shot as Athletic keeper Ali Al-Habsi rushed out at him.
“I was pleased with the way I took the goals,” he admitted.
“It was a good ball from Sulley Muntari for the first one.
“For a Sunderland lad it is an amazing feeling scoring in front of your own crowd.
“Every time I have scored it’s been an amazing feeling, unfortunately I haven’t done enough.”
He added: “It’s really good to come away with two goals but it is even more satisfying to get the win for everyone associated with the club.
“It’s a massive result and we can take a lot of positives from the game and now look forward to the Fulham game coming up.”