Saha confident of breaking Sunderland duck

Louis Saha
Louis Saha

LOUIS Saha is confident his first Sunderland goal is on the horizon and he can begin to emulate the scoring exploits of fellow frontman Steven Fletcher.

Saha made his full Sunderland debut in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup victory over MK Dons after featuring from the bench in all-bar-one of the Black Cats’ previous games this season.

But a goal in red and white continues to elude the former Manchester United frontman, who has seen fellow summer striking arrival Fletcher plunder four goals in three Premier League outings.

Saha is heartened that he is getting chances to open his account though and believes that is evidence of his improved match fitness after arriving at the Stadium of Light without the benefits of a pre-season programme.

The 34-year-old told the Echo: “It was a really good to get a start on Tuesday, it’s been a long time.

“I had 90 minutes for the reserves last week and it’s getting there.

“I was pleased with the win too. As a striker, you always want to win and to score.

“I’m getting chances which is always promising for a striker.

“The main thing is to get them and to score them. Hopefully that will happen soon. I’m not worried.

“Steven Fletcher has done great in the first few games – scoring goals and put us in a great performance. But we need to score more goals to win games and if we can do that, I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

Saha is not sulking at his lack of first-team opportunities though, despite continuing his wait for a first league start and being left on the bench at West Ham last weekend.

“The main thing is the result,” said the Frenchman. “As a professional, I’m motivated to win games.

“On a personal level, you always want to play, but I’m pleased to contribute in any way I can.”

Victory at MK Dons ensured a place in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup and a first league win of the campaign against Wigan on Saturday would put a different complexion on the campaign.

A win would leave Sunderland undefeated on seven points from five games and harbouring hopes of a decent cup run after prevailing with 10 men against the League One Dons.

“We need that first win,” added Saha. “We’ve been taken baby steps so far, but we need a proper win.

“It was a tough start on Tuesday after going down to 10 men but we expected MK Dons to play some good football.

“So sure, it’s a great result and we did okay. We played very professionally and at the end we deserved the win.”