Sunderland skipper Cattermole hails Sessegnon work ethic

Black Cats captain feels the Benin international's confidence is restored after notching his first goal in over 20 games and of the current campaign in win over Fulham last week

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole is delighted to see the hard work being put in by Stephane Sessegnon is finally paying dividends on the pitch.

The Benin international scored his first goal of the season last Sunday in the Black Cats’ 3-1 win over Fulham after enduring a rough start to the season.

And with his confidence restored following his first strike in over 20 games, Cattermole feels the 28-year-old will go onto achieve great things this campaign.

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He told the club’s official website: “Sessegnon has worked ever so hard all season and the last few weeks he’s been getting better and better – it was fantastic to see him get a goal and see a big lift.

“He’d just come inside before that and played a pass which went about three yards, so it shows he’s got confidence and a real good character about him – he’s taken it inside again and smashed it in the top corner.

“The lads are chuffed for him.”

The Black Cats captain also hailed the performance of Steven Fletcher in the club’s first win since September, saying he felt the Scot played a pivotal role in the team’s attacking game.

 “Fletch was unplayable on the day,” he said. “He used his brain against [Aaron] Hughes - the smaller centre-half - and won every header for us.

“That makes a massive difference away from home, knowing you can get up the pitch.”