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Ojo: We worked on the goal in training

16 January 2019

Funso Ojo says the grit and determination that’s epitomised the last four victories must continue when Sunderland come to town on Saturday.

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The Belgian midfielder was speaking after scoring his first goal of the season in spectacular fashion during the 2-1 away victory at Walsall on Saturday.

The 27-year-old connected with a Tony McMahon corner to volley his side ahead from just inside the area to make it 1-0 early on.

The Saddlers hit back to level but Lee Novak struck the decisive goal midway through the second half to make it 12 points out of a possible 12 for Stuart McCall’s side.

Ojo told iFollow Iron: “It was a good performance from the whole team, from back to front. It was a battle at times but we won our battles, won the first balls and, when we had to, the second ones. We also scored two good goals so we’re really happy.

“Let’s be honest, it was about time we got on a winning streak. It was necessary to lift the spirits. The players have done really well during the last four games and I’m really proud of that.”

Speaking about his goal, Ojo added: “The gaffer has been trying to make me score this season and on Friday we trained on it. First he wanted George (Thomas) to take the volley and then he asked me, and I hit it perfectly and it went in the net. It was a great feeling but then afterwards they made it 1-1. Novs scored a brilliant goal after that, with a great assist from George.

“I’m not really a scorer and we all know it, I said it a number of times last season, but if it happens it’s a great feeling.”

Previewing this weekend’s home clash against the Black Cats, he continued: “The last couple of games, our football hasn’t always been how we’d want it to be, but we’ve shown we can battle our opponents. 

“Sunderland are a footballing team and if we have to grind again, we will. We need to keep the winning streak going and not look back on what happened over there (when Scunthorpe lost earlier in the season). Just keep thinking positive and go into the game with a lot of confidence.”

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