Jozy Altidore last night promised Sunderland fans he will score goals in the Premier League.
The American was off target on three occasions during Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Fulham at the Stadium of Light.
However, that performance has not dented the striker’s self-belief that he can be a hit in English football second time around, following his summer move from AZ Alkmaar.
Altidore said: “I’m confident I’m going to score goals in the Premier League.
“I’m a striker so, yes, I’m going to score goals. I don’t set myself targets but I’m expected to score goals and that’s what I’ll do.
“If we keep playing like we did on Saturday, then I’m going to hopefully score a lot. This is a team that will create chances for me.
“When I came over to the Premier League last time (with Hull City), I was just 19 and had no experience of European football. Since then I think my record speaks for itself.
“The Premier League feels the same as four years ago. It’s just as tough and as high a tempo, and intense with a tremendous atmosphere. For
me, it’s the best league in the world.” Altidore and his team-mate were left hugely frustrated by the weekend loss.
They dominated possession for almost the entire 90 minutes, but were undone by a lack of cutting edge and through conceding a soft goal from a corner early in the second-half.
There was, however, no sense of doom following the match as Paolo Di Canio and his players did feel some progress had been made. Altidore said: “We’re going to take the positives from the Fulham match.
“I thought we played well for most of it and now we have just got to right the wrongs of it next week against Southampton.
“I was on a real high coming into the match after getting a hat-trick for the Unites States team, but walked off the pitch very disappointed at this result.
“We started positively, played good football but we let ourselves down with one stupid mistake and that cost us. The coach didn’t say too much after the Fulham game, he was quiet.
“To play like that and come away with nothing is disappointing for us all. We’ll take it upon ourselves to work on that and improve. I’ve already seen enough to know we’ve got a lot of talented players here and we’ll be alright this season.”
But despite this optimism, Sunderland’s supporters must have experienced a feeling of dï¿½ja-vu at the end of the game.
This was not the start to the brand new era anyone of them had hoped for, but some had perhaps expected.
Altidore said: “It is what it is. The greatest thing about football is that there’s always another game to quickly follow. We got done by a sucker punch on Saturday and there’s no other way of putting it.
“We’ll go out on to the practice pitch, work hard and hopefully take our frustrations out on Southampton this weekend.
“There’s no hiding the fact this is a bad result, but the team played positive football and if we play like that this season we’ll be fine.”