Sunderland Head Coach Dick Advocaat has said he had 'no doubts' that Danny Graham would break his scoring duck after he fortuitously found the net during the weekend's 2-0 win over Everton.
Graham deflected home Mario Gomez's strike before Jermain Defoe doubled the lead in similar circumstances to give the Black Cats back-to-back wins and move them out of the relegation zone.
The Sunderland boss told the Sunderland Echo: “It is important for a striker that he scores goals, but it is also important for the team that he can keep hold of the ball and protect it.
“He gives everything, even in training. He never moans, he’s a real pro, you can see that.
“I had no doubts when you saw him in training that he would get that goal.”
It was Graham's 28th appearance on Saturday, and although it was through the most fortuitous of circumstances, he will care very little and will hope that the goals start flowing a little more readily, as they did when he led the line for Swansea City.
He had struggled to fit in at the Stadium of Light but Advocaat has seen the ability that he has. Graham has had his fair share of time away from the club having been sent on loan to Hull City, Middlesbrough and Wolves ever since he signed in 2013.
As a result he hasn't really had a regular run in the Sunderland side. This time he may be getting the chance he feels he deserves.