Craig Gardner hails Steven Fletcher's contribution

Steven Fletcher celebrates with Craig Gardner after scoring for Sunderland on December 22, 2012
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Sunderland's Craig Gardner believes that Steven Fletcher deserves greater recognition for his "phenomenal" contribution to the club this season.

Craig Gardner has insisted that his Sunderland teammate Steven Fletcher deserves more praise for the performances that he has put in this season.

The Scotland international is the club's leading goalscorer so far this campaign, having found the net on 10 occasions.

With that statistic in mind, Gardner has described Fletcher's contribution as "phenomenal".

"To have scored 10 goals at this point in the season is phenomenal," he told the club's official website. "If someone like Rooney, Messi or Van Persie had scored those goals you would never stop hearing about them for months. I wish Fletch would get the same recognition because he's different class."

Fletcher joined the Black Cats last summer from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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