Keane sets goal expectations

Black Cats boss expects more from strikers

Keane: Goal expectations

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Roy Keane is hoping his strikers can fire Sunderland up the Premier League table.

The Black Cats lie just one-point above the drop zone after Sunday's defeat at home to West Ham.

Keane, though, has leapt to the defence of his under-performing strikers who have netted just 12 times in 14 games.

The Irishman feels it is only a matter of time before his favoured duo Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones start firing once again.

Potential

"The potential is there on paper, particularly with Kenwyne's aerial presence and Djibril's speed behind the back four, you think they could work together, and that would be a big boost for us," said Keane.

"If they could contribute at least 15, 20 goals it would be a major boost to us when you consider our leading scorer last year had seven.

"Djibril has already got five for us but it is up to the rest of the players to plug into it and give them the right service, people like Carlos Edwards coming back into the squad."

Jones has struggled with injuries for the early part of the season which has been an obvious strain on Sunderland's attack.

Impact

The likes of David Healey and El-Hadji Diouf have been standing in for the 24-year-old but neither have managed to make a significant impact on Sunderland's goal tally.

"Any team that has been successful has had people putting the ball in the back of the net," said Keane.

"That's something we have struggled to do over the last year or two."