Fabio Borini says his stunning last-gasp strike against Crystal Palace wasn’t as good as his goals at Wembley and against derby rivals Newcastle United.
Borini stepped off the bench last night to hammer a stunning late effort to earn Sunderland a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.
Was it his best ever goal though?
The 24-year-old said: “No, I’ve scored better! There was a few with the national team and at Wembley, Newcastle here too.
“You could see my face, what it meant to me though.”
Borini – who hasn’t started a game in a month – raced towards the dugout to celebrate, although noticeably he didn’t embrace Sam Allardyce.
When asked whether it showed how frustrated he had been, Borini said: “More the celebration, than the shot!
“It doesn’t matter how frustrated I was before the game because every player, if they are not playing as many minutes as they would like too, then they get frustrated.
“But what I do, is work hard in training and if I get five minutes, 10 minutes, 30 or 90 then it doesn’t matter to me – I always give my best and the goal showed everyone what I can do.”
Borini, who didn’t even make it off the bench in the defeat to West Ham United, has cut a deeply frustrated figure, with Allardyce favouring N’Doye wide right.
Borini added: “I got 10 minutes and scored a goal and showed I can give the team a lift.
“What I do is give everything I have in me.
“I have 150 per cent to give because we need everyone doing that extra bit in order to stay up and probably 100 per cent is not enough – we need to give more.
“It is the manager’s decision, I always expect to come on if I am on the bench.
“If I start then I expect to play the full game, it is an ambition to play as much as possible but it is the manager’s decision.
“He gave me 10 minutes and it was enough.”