Hat-trick hero Jermain Defoe insists he can continue to fire the goals which will secure survival for Sunderland.
Defoe’s treble at Swansea on Wednesday night secured a precious 4-2 victory for Sunderland over Premier League relegation rivals and took the Black Cats to within a point of safety.
The 33-year-old veteran has now scored nine times in 13 league starts this season and his manager Sam Allardyce feels Defoe’s goals will prove the difference to Sunderland winning their survival battle.
“I always visualise before the game that I am going to score,” Defoe said while holding the match ball after his seventh hat-trick in English football.
“If you get the chances you have to put them away.
“I have always said when you are scoring goals for some reason they just seem to come and come and come. That is the way it is going at the minute and hopefully it will continue.
“But we have players who can score goals, not only me but Jermain Lens, Jonno (Adam Johnson) and Fabio (Borini). It is important we are solid and the front four get the chances to score.”
Defoe has now scored five times in two games with back-to-backs league wins taking Sunderland above neighbours Newcastle on goal difference and within a point of Swansea in 17th place.
And the former England striker believes the Black Cats will benefit from Allardyce’s previous experience of winning relegation battles.
“The manager has always been calm,” Defoe said.
“He came in the first day and said I will give you the basis how to win games and then you have to go out there and do it. It is as simple as that. Training is always good with a game-plan and the squad is confident at the minute.
“I suppose being in a position like this you know you have to raise your game, you give a bit more. Maybe some of the other teams might not be used to it but we can only speak for ourselves.
“It is a lot of pressure but the rewards are big to stay in the Premier League, we will just keep fighting towards the end.”