Stead now hungry for more
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jon Stead has not given up on his, or Sunderland's, nightmare season just yet.
Jon Stead has not given up on his, or Sunderland's, nightmare season just yet, despite the fact that they look certain to be relegated this weekend.
The £1.8 million striker finally broke his duck for The Black Cats in his 30th Premiership game this season against Everton and the level-headed striker is hoping to net some more in the league while he still can.
He said: "It's just a weight off, really, just having that goal. I'm now under a little bit of pressure to go on a run, but that's something I'm looking forward to.
"I had no problems with my overall performances; it was just getting that goal. At the end of the day, that's what strikers are judged on, scoring goals.
"It doesn't say in the papers 'He had a decent game,' it says whether you have scored or not.
"But I don't think you become a bad player overnight. I can still score goals at this level - I'm 100 percent confident I can.
"When I put it into perspective and think back to where I was five years ago, just breaking into the side at Huddersfield and dreaming of playing in The Premiership, I can't really grumble.
"Although there have been bad games and it's been a terrible season, I've still enjoyed it."
Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, The Black Cats look set to be relegated this weekend.
Should they fail to win their game against Fulham at The Stadium of Light, they will find themselves back in The Championship next season.
Even if they are victorious, a Birmingham win at Wigan would seal their fate.