Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat places faith in goalless Danny Graham to fire club to Premier League safety 

  • Danny Graham has not scored for Sunderland since joining from Swansea 
  • Dick Advocaat said that Graham is the best finisher in training 
  • Graham was recalled to the side against Southampton last weekend 

Sunderland are hoping a striker who has yet to score in 27 games for the team can help save them from relegation.

Since his £5million move from Swansea in January 2013, Danny Graham has only found the net during loan spells away from the Stadium of Light — his last strike coming in December while at Wolves.

But head coach Dick Advocaat was so impressed by Graham’s work on the training ground that he started the forward on Saturday against Southampton.

Danny Graham was recalled to the starting line-up last weekend after impressing Dick Advocaat in training

Danny Graham was recalled to the starting line-up last weekend after impressing Dick Advocaat in training

Graham has not scored a single goal for Sunderland since he joined the club from Swansea in January 2013

Graham has not scored a single goal for Sunderland since he joined the club from Swansea in January 2013

‘In training he’s the best goalscorer but in the games, he’s not. That has to change,’ Advocaat said.

Graham did not hit the target but contributed to his side’s vital 2-1 victory by helping to win two penalties.

‘He did a great job for the team,’ said Advocaat. ‘It was an unbelievable game in the way he worked and how dangerous he was.’

Sunderland are in the relegation zone with four games left and face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. Midfielder Lee Cattermole said: ‘We have to try to build on what we have done in the last two weeks. We have to keep believing. We aren’t going to cave in again, that’s for sure.

Sunderland boss Advocaat said that Graham was the best goalscorer during training

Sunderland boss Advocaat said that Graham was the best goalscorer during training

‘There are too many lads in the dressing room who care, so that won’t happen again.

‘If for some reason we do go down, we will do it fighting hard to the bitter end.’

Steven Fletcher and Wes Brown are training after injury lay-offs and are expected to return to the squad this week.

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