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Sbragia hails strike duo

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Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia hailed his strike-force after both Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones scored in Saturday's FA Cup defeat of Bolton.

A poor game at the Stadium of Light was decided by two second half Sunderland goals that Sbragia felt were testimony to the ability of his strikers.

Jones scored with a powerful header from Kieran Richardson's 57th-minute left-wing free-kick while Cisse smartly volleyed home Carlos Edwards' cross 10 minutes later.

Cisse's strike was his sixth in 11 matches in all competitions with Jones scoring four in five.

It is the sort of form Sunderland's strikers will have to maintain if they are to haul the side away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Goals deserved

"I thought the players worked their socks off, the front two were excellent and got their rewards, but they were backed up by a good midfield and I thought the back four did well as well," said Sbragia.

"They (the strikers) won more ball for us and retained it better. We used Djibril's pace and Kenwyne physically led the line really well and they got their joy with a goal each.

"I thought they won us the game. I know they scored us the goals but they allowed us to get up better when they retained the ball.

"On their day they are a handful. We always feel we can score goals from them.

"The more they can play together the better they will be as a pair and the more understanding they will have together.

"It is not a case after seven games of having that. It could be 15 or 20 or a year. What we are seeing has been extremely pleasing."