Wickham: Scoring against City was a huge relief

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham admitted that scoring a brace against Manchester City on Wednesday was a huge relief, according to Sky Sports.

Wickham joined the Black Cats from Ipswich for £8 million in 2011 but has struggled to justify his price tag.

After grabbing his first goals since 2011 against Manchester City, the forward is ready to start scoring regularly again.

“It was a massive relief for me to score,” he said, “Not just for myself but I think for the team.

“I guess I had a point to prove. I’ve been sent out on loan a couple of times but that’s football.

“I’m just out to do what I do and hopefully I have done myself no harm with this performance.

Wickham first joined Sunderland when he was just 17 and admitted that was a huge factor on his performances when he first began playing for the side.

Now he is hoping to continue his scoring form after being back in the side after several loan spells.

“It wasn’t easy playing in the Premier League at 17 but I’ve never felt pressured to do what I do.

“I didn’t plan to go out on loan, but it happened. I’ve played a lot of football since going away and that can only help me and benefit me.

“I came to play Premier League football, but I went away, got match-fit, scored a few goals, and I’ve played against three of the top five since coming back.

“I didn’t ask to come back, the manager called me, so, for me, it was a positive and I had something to prove.

“Hopefully, this is the start of something new.”

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