Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill urges midfielder Stephane Sessegnon to score more

Stephane Sessegnon: A fine but rare strike at Craven Cottage

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Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has urged midfielder Stephane Sessegnon to score more goals.

The Benin international kick-started his stuttering season with a stunning strike in Sunday's 3-1 victory at Fulham, just the Black Cats' second three point haul in 19 games.

The £6m signing from Paris St Germain in January 2011 has been handed an upbeat assessment following reports during the summer he could be set to move away from Wearside.

O'Neill said: "He is capable of scoring more goals than he does and he himself, with that ability he possesses, should be really looking at double figures per season.

"While he sometimes maybe thinks that he is more of an assist player, I think he should be able to do some of the things that he conjured up on Sunday against Fulham."

O'Neill also hailed the efforts of £14m summer arrival Steven Fletcher, who until Sunday was the club's only scorer in the league this season, apart from Newcastle's Demba Ba, whose own goal ensured a derby draw at the Stadium of Light in October.

"Fletcher has been terrific," O'Neill added. "He probably will always be judged on goals as a centre-forward, that will be the first thing they would do.

"The goals he has scored for us have been very, very important, every one of

them, and the goal he scored on Sunday was brilliantly taken.

"But his overall play was excellent for us and even during that time where

maybe he didn't score a goal, he still led the line brilliantly.

"We need to create more chances for him, we just need to do that, to keep his

goal ratio in reasonable condition. We have to do that.

"Having said that, it was also pleasing that we scored from a few other people

during the course of the game, and that obviously helps confidence."