Sessegnon's top five moments

by Kate Smith

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Following the news of Stephane Sessegnon's new deal, take a look through the Benin playmaker's top five moments in red and white - so far! (and yes, it was difficult to pick just five!)

QPR 2 Sunderland 3 | December 2011 | Barclays Premier League
Wes Brown's last-gasp header secured a second successive win for new manager Martin O'Neill, but it was Stephane Sessegnon's solo effort that drew the plaudits after the victory over QPR at Loftus Road back in December.

Nicklas Bendtner put the visitors ahead when he flicked in Kieran Richardson's corner before Sessegnon latched on to Danny Gabbidon's loose header to race clear and slot past Paddy Kenny after waiting for the goalkeeper to commit himself.

Heidur Helguson pulled one back before the hour, with Mackie equalising shortly afterwards. But Brown sent the travelling supporters home happy with a dramatic winner from another Richardson corner.

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0 | January 2012 | Barclays Premier League
Sunderland's New Year's day victory over champions-to-be Manchester City was unanimously voted as SAFC's performance of the season - and in typical fashion Sessegnon was at the heart of the drama.

Following an even first half, Roberto Mancini's title chasers cranked up the pressure as the game wore on.

With seconds remaining, Sunderland countered a City attack and with Martin O'Neill urging his side forward, Sessegnon collected the ball from Sebastian Larsson and played a quick one-two with Ji Dong-Won who kept his head to round Joe Hart and slot the ball into the net with the last kick of the game. 

Cue unbelievable scenes as 40,000 fans blew the Stadium of Light roof off.

Sunderland 2 Swansea 0 | January 2012 | Barclays Premier League
Two Goal of the Month contenders ended Swansea's four-match unbeaten run and extended Sunderland's renaissance under Martin O'Neill.

Following a frantic 15 minutes, Sessegnon exchanged passes with James McClean down the left before opening up his body to curl an unstoppable effort into the top right corner.

The Black Cats number 28 then turned provider, passing to Craig Gardner who controlled the ball on his chest before unleashing a dipping 25-yard volley that gave Michel Vorm no chance.

Sunderland 3 Norwich 0 | February 2012 | Barclays Premier League
Sunderland's meteoric rise under Martin O'Neill continued against when the Canaries visited the Stadium of Light, with the Benin international continuing his irresistible run of form.

Fraizer Campbell, starting a game for the first time since August 2010, opened the scoring with a spectacular volley from 25-yards.

Moments later, not to be outdone, Sessegnon nutmegged Bradley Johnson in the centre circle before spraying the ball wide to Campbell, then darted into the box to head home the England international's  first-time cross.

In the second-half, Phil Bardsley's cross was turned into his own net by Daniel Ayala to round off a stunning performance from the Black Cats.

Middlesbrough 1 Sunderland 2 | February 2012 | FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round Replay
Sessegnon fired Sunderland into the FA Cup Fifth Round with a dramatic late extra-time winner at the Riverside Stadium in sub zero temperatures.

Jack Colback fired the away side into the lead against neighbours Middlesbrough, with a fabulous left-foot strike before Boro forward Lukas Jutkiewicz equalised on the hour.

With the game heading for penalties, Sessegnon struck from 15 yards in front of 4,200 delirious – if freezing - travelling red and white fans.