Steven Fletcher wants to maintain his strong early season form with Sunderland

Steven Fletcher: Was named Player of the Month for September

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Steven Fletcher hopes he can carry the momentum from a superb start at Sunderland into the rest of the season after picking up the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for September.

The Scotland international scored five goals in four games for the Black Cats last month after joining the Wearside club from Wolves in August, helping them go unbeaten through September.

The 25-year-old says scooping the individual award has put a gloss on his bright start with Sunderland, which has eased the pressure after his reported £12million arrival.

He told Sky Sports: "I'm delighted for a little personal award. We've had a good start to the season, so hopefully it continues.

"I wanted to hit the ground running as there was a lot of pressure on me coming to this club with the price tag and stuff."

Fletcher is hoping to better his 12 goals with Wolves last season on his debut campaign at the Stadium of Light.

"I think I'll just try and better last season, to be honest," he added. "I think I got 12 last year, so if I beat that I'll be happy.

"It was good on my debut to get a goal so if I keep that going I'll be absolutely delighted."

Best

Out of his five goals for Sunderland so far, Fletcher rates the first of a league debut double against Swansea as his best strike, when he pounced on a mistake by Ashley Williams before curling the ball into the bottom corner.

He added: "(It's) probably the Swansea one to be honest.

"I had a lot of time to think about it because I think the defender made a mistake trying to pass it back and I gambled on it and got on the end of it.

"It took me a long time to get the ball under control and when I did I just put it in the corner."