May 11, 2015 16:23:23 UK
Danny Graham is hoping his fortuitous goal in the 2-0 win at Everton will prove to have a galvanising effect on his Sunderland career.
Graham had failed to score in his first 27 appearances for the Black Cats, 5.50 to be relegated from the Premier League this season, but opened the scoring at Goodison Park when Jordi Gomez’s shot deflected off him and looped over Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Since arriving on Wearside two-and-a-half years ago, the former Swansea City striker has struggled to impress and was sent out on loan to Wolves in November following stints at Middlesbrough and Hull last term.
I’ve said before that it’s been a tough couple of years, I can’t hide from that.
But the 29-year-old is confident his future is at the Stadium of Light, saying: “It was a bit surreal, to be honest, the way it went in. I don’t know how it managed to spin like that and go in off the far post. But I’m delighted to get that first goal and hopefully I can kick on now.
“I’ve said before that it’s been a tough couple of years, I can’t hide from that. But I’ve been playing well in the last couple of weeks and the gaffer kept his faith in me and kept me up there.”
Sunderland are available at 2.60 to beat relegation rivals Leicester City this weekend, with Graham adding: “Hopefully we can pick up another three points and get the job done.”
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