Sunderland strikers impress Poyet

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet has praised the performances of strikers Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham after they starred in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke City, Sky Sports has reported.

The duo had not found the net all season prior to this match, but that changed as early as the fourth minute, when Fletcher broke free from the challenge of Marc Muniesa before delivering a pinpoint cross for Wickham to head home.

Stoke equalised soon after thanks to Charlie Adam’s low shot, but the Black Cats went back in front through Fletcher, who scored his first goal of 2014 with an unmarked header. The Scot then wrapped up his side’s first win of the campaign by providing the finishing touch to Wickham’s excellent run and cross.

After the game, a relieved Poyet hailed his front two. He said: “It was a decent performance, but not our best. We were very good in front of goal, which is something that was lacking in the previous two games. The headers were magnificent, and the last one was a perfect break.

“The problem with Fletch is that he likes to pull wide, and link-up the play. But then he has to get the chances to score, and he hasn’t had them. Today it worked well with Connor, and he got in the right places. You need to smell the goal sometimes, and know where the ball is going to drop.”

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