Five months, no goals: Steven Fletcher defends Sunderland form

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher insists his game is about more than hitting the back of the net.

Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher has defended his form at club level in the Sunderland Echo.

Fletcher hasn’t scored a goal at club level for Sunderland since the start of last November, when he got on the score sheet against Crystal Palace.

However, fresh off the back of a hat-trick for Scotland, he’s insisted that his game is about more than hitting the back of the net.

“I feel my game’s about more than goals but you know as a striker that people don’t judge you on how many times you link up play, but on how many you score,” said Fletcher.

“My confidence genuinely hasn’t been dented.”

The comments are understandable but they may annoy some Sunderland fans considering the current position of the squad.

The Black Cats are on the brink and teetering just above the bottom three in the league and the only thing that is going to get them out of trouble is goals.

Fletcher should be looking to use his impressive performance for Scotland to his advantage and make the most of that form heading into the derby game against Newcastle United this weekend.

Dick Advocaat will feel his side were unlucky to lose against West Ham before the international break, but it’s important they register a win and take advantage of the problems Newcastle have at the back.

The Magpies are carrying several defensive injuries and Fletcher is someone who can exploit uncertainty in the Newcastle back four by dragging players out of position and playing on the shoulder, as he looks to race in behind.

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