STEPHANE Sessegnon admits Sunderland need to ask more questions as an attacking force after registering a third successive blank.
The Black Cats head to Aston Villa on Saturday without a goal in more than five hours after becoming the first Premier League side since August to not score against basement boys Wolves.
Sunderland found the net three times at second-placed Manchester City just over a fortnight ago, but have since failed to score against Spurs, Everton and Wolves.
And joint top scorer Sessegnon says Sunderland must improve their potency in the final third when they face a Villa side still lingering on the fringes of the relegation battle.
Sessegnon told Sportmail: “We’ve got to improve our scoring because you can’t win a game without a goal.
“In the last three games, we haven’t found the net and it’s been difficult for us because we’ve played teams who have been quite defensive.
“We showed at Manchester City that we can take our chances after scoring three times.
“There were moments against Wolves, but not enough.
“We need to pose more questions than we’re doing at the moment. The chances we had on Saturday were a bit like the match itself – nearly, but not quite there.
“We need to improve, but I’m confident we’ll get back among the goals at Aston Villa.”
Sessegnon concedes fatigue has played a part in Sunderland’s decline over the last month, with Martin O’Neill’s side winning just one of their last eight games.
But the Benin international is confident Sunderland can register the five points needed from the final four games to overhaul last season’s tally of 47.
“Of course, there’s a bit of tiredness,” added the 27-year-old. “We’re approaching the end of the season and the Premier League is very difficult.
“You don’t get any easy matches and of course you get tired.
“But it’s not an excuse. We’ve got to keep being solid and have the desire to do as well as we can for the rest of the season. There’s four matches left and we want to finish the season on a high.
“We want to do better than last year and there’s only four matches we can do that in.
“We’re all desperate to finish in the top 10 and I’m sure we’ll give everything because it’s important to do that.
“It was our objective at the start of the season and we need to go into the summer having finished the year well.”