Danny Graham says he won't hide in attempt to break scoring duck

Graham has yet to open his account for the Black Cats, who are struggling for goals.

Sunderland forward Danny Graham is desperate to break his goalscoring duck at Sunderland in order to help them fight off the threat of relegation.

Graham, along with the rest of his teammates, has struggled to find the net with a degree of regularity this season, and as a result it sees them looking nervously over their shoulder towards the bottom three.

He told the Sunderland Echo: “It would be massive (to get that first goal). Obviously, as a striker you want to be scoring goals and doing well for your football club, but that’s not been the case so far for me.

“I know that, I’m not going to hide.

“It’s up to me to work hard and make sure I get in the positions and not shy away from an opportunity when it comes my way.

“Once one goes in, I’m sure a lot more will follow. The first goal would be nice, but the most important thing is the team – we need to pick up points and make sure we’re not going to struggle come the end of the season.”

Graham has seemingly struggled to settle at the Stadium of Light ever since arriving at the club in January 2013. He has since had loan spells at Hull City, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers - scoring a total of nine goals from 61 appearances, so not the kind of strike rate that a forward will want.

The only tangible contribution he has made for the Black Cats ever since his arrival are three assists in 20 appearances.

The last time where it looked as if he was in any sort of good form was during his time at the Liberty Stadium where he helped the side consolidate their position in the Premier League - scoring 14 goals in all competitions - and contributed during their run to lifting the League Cup.

There is a lot of pressure on the Sunderland strikers to perform. Jermain Defoe has been brought into the club to provide some firepower but he can't do it alone, with Conor Wickham and Steven Fletcher also under pressure to contribute more.

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