Martin O’Neill faith in Sunderland striker Danny Graham


MARTIN O’Neill is backing Danny Graham to help solve Sunderland’s goalscoring problems in the weeks and months ahead.

The former Swansea striker has had a steady start to his Black Cats career though he has yet to score in the five games he has been involved in so far and missed a good chance against Fulham at the weekend.

But the Sunderland manager has every faith that the 27-year-old frontman will come good.

“I think Danny can score goals and will score goals,” O’Neill said.

“He’s shown that with the teams he has been involved with throughout his career, not to mention Swansea of late.”

The Black Cats’ boss has been at pains to point out that the £5m January transfer window signing is still finding his full match sharpness after being used sparingly by the Swans in the months before his arrival on Wearside.

And he believes that patience is all that is required from the Sunderland faithful.

“We have to give him a chance,” he said.

“West Bromwich Albion was his first start just the other week and I’ve got no doubt he’ll be fine but it is a matter of finding his feet.

“I think people might rush to judgement because he hasn’t got a win or a goal attached to his name yet.

“But he will be fine and we have to put it right.”

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