Fletcher pleased to get back in the goals
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has spoken of his relief at ending his goal drought during the 3-1 win over Fulham on Sunday.
Fletcher, 25, who joined the Black Cats from Wolves in the summer, is currently the club's leading scorer with six goals.
However, the Scotland international went six games without finding the back of the net before scoring his latest strike.
"It was a bit of relief to get the goal, to be honest," Fletcher said. "Obviously, it's been a couple of games where I've not been among the goals and I'm just delighted to get on the scoresheet and to get the win.
"The chance came its way yesterday after a fantastic ball from Johnno (Adam Johnson) and I managed to put it away which is great for myself and for the team."
Fletcher was also pleased to see his team-mates join him in getting in on the goals - in particular Stephane Sessegnon - with the former Hibs man revealing that a lack of confidence has inhibited the club in recent weeks.
"We needed to get a couple of the other boys on the scoresheet as well," he said. "I'm delighted for Sessy (Sessegnon) because he's been putting in some great performances. It was a wonderful goal, but we expect that from him, he does it every day in training.
"It was a relief to regain the lead so quickly. I kind of looked up to the sky after that goal and thought, 'thank God for that'."
Fletcher went on to add: "The past couple of times we've gone in the lead, we've conceded soft goals. But Carlos (Cuellar) got on the end of it from another Johnson cross, which was a fantastic ball.
"We know the ability we've got in the team. We just needed to get some confidence behind us and hopefully we can take that into next weekend."