O'Neill eyes Sessegnon goals

Sunderland boss wants striker to push on and score more

Stephane Sessegnon: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill wants striker to score more goals

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has challenged Stephane Sessegnon to fire the Black Cats up the table.

The striker notched his third goal for the Wearsiders in the crucial away win at QPR last time.

While the 27-year-old has failed to find his top form since his £6million summer switch from Paris St Germain, O'Neill has challenged him to now push on and find the net on a more regular basis.

The Sunderland boss, whose side take on Everton on Boxing Day, told The Sun: "When you are searching around for a system to play, Sess doesn't get enough goals.

"But it would be great if he was prolific and I believe he is capable of scoring more goals."

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"But he was interesting against Blackburn when I thought he caused problems going down the flanks.

"The lack of chances, and not getting into the area, means he doesn't score a lot so he feels his best work is out of the box.

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"But it would be great if he was prolific and I believe he is capable of scoring more goals.

"It was a great finish at QPR. I just want him to be able to play a proper centre-forward's role and get hold of the ball.

"He got a big lift from scoring the goal but I think there is more to come from him."

O'Neill also believes on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner can become a great player for the Black Cats.

He added: "We all know what Nicklas can do. He was up against some real competition at Arsenal although speaking to him, you'd never know.

"In his eyes the only player better than him was Messi! But I know he's capable of causing real problems and being a great player for us. He has the qualities."