Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goals Will Flow for Me at Cats, Insists Connolly

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goals Will Flow for Me at Cats, Insists Connolly

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Sunderland striker David Connolly is confident his Wearside goal drought will not endure after insisting that, once he starts scoring in Black Cats colours, he will not be able to stop.

The Republic of Ireland international will make his seventh first-team appearance for the Championship club at Hull this afternoon and, although a player who cost pounds 1.4m when he arrived from Wigan Athletic in August has yet to break his duck, he is getting closer. Roy Keane expects the most expensive signing of his managerial career to post double figures during a season he hopes will culminate in promotion to the Premiership. But although he has yet to start, Connolly (pictured right) is refusing to panic.

"I know the goals will come and I'm not too concerned," insisted the experienced striker, who despite his problems in front of goal has established himself as Keane's first-choice forward in recent weeks. "I have found myself in this position before. I have gone a few games without scoring and, once one has come, a few have followed.

"I'm happy with my form and I'm happy with what I'm offering the team. I would be more worried if I wasn't playing well. I think I just need that little bit of fortune. I just need a goal and hopefully that will come this weekend."

No Sunderland player has yet to manage three first-team goals this season and, although Stephen Elliott, Chris Brown, Daryl Murphy and Dean Whitehead are tied on two apiece at the top of the club's modest scoring charts, Keane believes Connolly will complete the campaign as his most productive offensive player.

The Irishman's inconsistent side certainly need a greater attacking threat if they are to put themselves into contention for a return to top-flight football. But his faith in Connolly remains intact. …

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