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Altidore delight at first goal


USA international pleased to be off the mark.

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore was delighted to score his first goal for the Black Cats in Tuesday night’s 4-2 victory over MK Dons.

The USA international slid home Connor Wickham’s through ball with 13 minutes remaining to spark a memorable come-back at the Stadium of Light.

And the 23-year-old was pleased to get on the score-sheet and hopes both his and Connor Wickham’s goals will spark a prolific run for the Black Cats front men.

“It’s been coming; I’ve been unlucky and hopefully I can just keep scoring and help the team,” Altidore said.

“Now we have Fletch [Steven Fletcher] coming back in and Connor doing well so hopefully we can get a good strike force going.

“I think it’s important we as strikers start linking up; Connor did well, Ji has been sharp for us in training; we’ve got four guys and Sess as well who can keep this going for us.”

Altidore turned provider for Wickham’s second goal of the evening and the USA front man was full of praise for the England under-21 international.

“I think to be fair MK Dons deserved to win the game for the first 65 minutes because they outplayed us football-wise,” he continued.

“In the last half hour we had to fight and Connor came on made an influence and did great and we pushed through."

The New Jersey-born striker is hoping for an extended run in the Capital One Cup with Tuesday’s win providing a catalyst for the Black Cats.

And he added it’s very realistic for Paolo Di Canio’s side to believe they can succeed in the competition.

“It’s great [to win] because the cup is something we have to take serious,” Altidore continued. “It’s five games and you’re at Wembley so it’s something that’s a real possibility for us and we have to take it seriously.”