The South Korean international made it two goals in two games since being restored to the starting line-up as we took the lead against the Saints in our final home game of the season, only for a Steven Davis brace to turn the game in the visitors’ favour.
Having also hit the target in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea last Monday night – another match that unfortunately saw us surrender the lead – Sonny said he feels like he’s starting to hit a good patch of form in front of goal as we approach the end of the campaign.
But as the curtain came down on White Hart Lane for another year with a lap of appreciation to the sound of Barry Manilow’s ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, the 23-year-old couldn’t help but feel an over-riding sense of disappointment that we haven’t been able to capitalise after forging ahead in our recent matches.
When asked if he was pleased to be back among the goals, he replied: “I’m a little bit happy but still we didn’t win the games this week – two games, one drawn, one lost – so it’s disappointing.
“Sure, if you score a goal it makes you happy but you have to win the games. I think we deserved to win today, we had many chances to score but this is football. We have to understand and we have to look forward.
“I hope I can finish with another goal next week. I’m getting into some good form now and it’s getting better but in a way it’s a bit unlucky because it’s towards the end of the season. I feel very good, very comfortable but I have to work harder to help the team.
“We have one last chance to save second position in the last game so we have to fight all together down to the last week.”
Indeed, with next Sunday’s trip to Newcastle United representing our final outing of the campaign and an opportunity to nail down runners-up spot in the Premier League table, Sonny believes a positive performance – both individually and for the team – can bode well for 2016-17.
“I think it’s important to finish well so we can start well next time,” he added. “Everyone wants to be stronger than this season next year so we have to remain very focused and still think about football through the holidays. Not just me – we all have to be stronger next season.”