Sunderland striker Fletcher hopes the club have turned a corner

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher believes that the club's victory against Stoke City can help to turn their season around.

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher believes that the side's win over Stoke City last weekend can help turn their season around.

The Black Cats raised themselves up to 13th with the 3-1 victory over the Potters and it is a result which Fletcher feels can be decisive in their campaign.

“I think that result is a turning point for the season - you look at the table now and it looks like we’ve had a good start," he said to the club's official site.

“Yes we’ve had a few draws but they were all points on the board and add to that the three from Saturday and we’re in a good position.”

“For me it was a great performance. Now we need to take that mind-set and momentum and build on it against Southampton.

“You look at the table now and we’re in a good position, people were concerned at the amount of draws but I think the win against Stoke will kick-start our season.”

Sunderland were under pressure to get their first win of the campaign before the international break, so last week's result came as a massive relief. 

Fletcher, too, was finding it hard to live up to expectations, but the two goals he scored so do his confidence the world of good.

The striker has struggled to hit the back of the net, and has been out injured, for some time now so his return to goalscoring form was a welcome bonus for the club. 

His partnership with Connor Wickham seems to be one which is starting to develop into a potentially potent one and the duo will hope to work effectively in tandem once again when club football returns. 

Sunderland take on Southampton next weekend and they will need their front-two on sparkling form if they are to grab a victory against the high-flying Saints. 

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