Fletcher ready to prove worth

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 10:54 BST

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is hoping his Barclays Premier League debut double for the club will help to justify his £12million fee.

Steven Fletcher: Double strike at Sunderland

The 25-year-old helped himself to his first goals for the club in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Swansea and in the process, started to repay the faith invested in him by manager Martin O'Neill.

O'Neill remained dogged in his pursuit of the Scot during the summer as Wolves held out for their asking price, driving the Black Cats up well in excess of their initial bid.

Fletcher told the Sunderland Echo: "There are always people talking about it [the fee]. I'm just happy to get the two goals to repay the gaffer and his faith in bringing me here to the club.

"It takes a lot of pressure off myself because obviously the fans are going to expect goals. Hopefully I can get a few more now.

"It is a big relief. I'm just happy the ball went into the back of the net."

Fletcher pulled on a red and white shirt for the first time along with winger Adam Johnson in the 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Morecambe last Tuesday night, but made his first telling contribution in his opening league appearance in South Wales at the weekend.

He is still working his way back to full match fitness after playing in only 45 minutes of Wolves' pre-season campaign, but has already settled in on Wearside.

He said: "If you feel settled at a club, then you will do well. I did that at Wolves and the boys were fantastic with me. I felt that same thing straight away when I came here. Everyone's been fantastic."