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There is a reason Martin O’Neill is not upset by Sunderland’s inability to sign a striker in the January window and his name is Fraizer Campbell.

Sunderland’s number nine has missed more than a season and a half during his recovery from two serious knee injuries and his return to fitness has added an extra dimension to the team’s play as well as goals.

Campbell scored his second in as many games since returning to first-team football as Sunderland — in a relegation battle when O’Neill took over at the start of December – cruised to a victory over Norwich that lifts them up to eighth in the table.

Controlling the ball perfectly with his instep on the edge of the area, Campbell set himself and connected perfectly with a volley that looped over the head of goalkeeper James Ruddy into the top corner.

It was a wonderful goal for a striker who has endured so much injury frustration over the last 18 months.

The former Manchester United prospect was not done there, his first time cross finding the head of Stephane Sessegnon who guided a header into the far corner.

A goal and assist inside the first half an hour for Campbell, although it would be inexcusable to ignore Sessegnon’s part in the second.

The Benin international has become one of the Premier League’s most exciting players and he started as well as finished the move, putting the ball through the legs of Bradley Johnson before threading a delightful ball with the outside of his foot for Campbell to run on to while he galloped into the area to meet the cross.

Two goals down at half-time, Norwich looked shell-shocked, yet they could have taken the lead when Grant Holt’s shot was saved a point-blank range by Simon Mignolet, while Zak Whitbread’s header bounced just wide moments before Sunderland’s second.

The third came when Phil Bardsley’s cross was diverted into his own net by Daniel Ayala with Campbell lurking behind him.

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