THE WAIT for a Sunderland goal continues, with Saturday's stalemate stretching their goalless run into a seventh hour - but Matt Kilgallon is convinced that the goals will come again.
Behind the scenes, Sunderland are concerned at their lack of goals, knowing that their season is threatening to end on a sour note considering that £800,000 is at stake for every league position dropped by the Black Cats.
To ensure season-on-season improvement, Sunderland need to achieve higher than tenth position, but there seems little evidence of that being a possibility while in such poor form in front of goal.
Saturday's failure to register a goal - thanks to Nicklas Bendtner's second half effort being chalked off for offside - led manager Martin O'Neill to boast that he could have scored himself, but Kilgallon countered: "We are getting so much right and the goals will come, especially with the players we have up there.
"Sessegnon is a little magician, to be fair to him. When you train with him he goes around you and he's spun your t-shirt back to front. He goes past you and your clothes are on the wrong way around.
"That's how quick is feet are. He is brilliant, a great player and fantastic to play with.
James McClean out there on the left is putting things on a plate with his crosses and Stephane Sessegnon does his magic in the middle, and all we need is Bendtner to get on the end of things.
"One day we are going to give someone a good hiding.
"And it was a goal. He wasn't offside. That's unfortunate, but it's football. To be fair, we didn't let that get to us. We kept our heads down and our concentration."
While Sunderland may not be scoring, at least they are not conceding - Saturday's draw was their second clean sheet in a row, and Kilgallon added: "That is a real positive and when you have so many people working hard in front of you then it makes our jobs a lot easier. As a back four we do look solid and Simon (Mignolet) is not getting many saves to make - and if you ask him then he's happy with that.
O'Neill admitted his concern at Sunderland's profligacy.
"We haven't scored in four games, we scored three before we went into this run, and since then it's been a combination of factors," he said.
"We didn't deserve any goals last week, we should have scored about six or seven on Saturday - it's the old cliche that if we are creating chances we shouldn't worry. I do worry though. Some of the chances we missed I could have scored myself and that's disappointing. That's the main frustration."