Jermain Defoe has told the Sunderland Echo that Dick Advocaat tried to pick his confidence up after his miss against West Ham United.
Defoe blazed a close-range volley over the bar against West Ham in Sunderland's last fixture, but Advocaat was keen to ensure that his star striker's morale was not dented.
The Dutchman reminded Defoe of his quality in the changing room after the match, after finding the 32-year-old viewing footage of his earlier miss.
“I came into the changing room and watched it on the laptop, and I knew I should have scored," he said. “The manager said to me ‘you are quality, you usually score’. (At) the next training session, I was fine though. I expect myself to score and look forward to the next game to put it right."
Defoe will be hoping to prove that his confidence has not been knocked by this miss against the Hammers when he faces Newcastle United this weekend.
Sunderland need Defoe to start hitting form as he has not been able to fire them up the table as was expected when he arrived.
The ex-Tottenham man has previously been a potent scorer in the Premier League, but he has only managed two goals in his first 11 games for Sunderland.
It is an unimpressive tally, but a goal against Newcastle would go a long way to making sure that his poor start is forgotten.