Chris Young’s big-match verdict: Wide awake!

Adam Johnson scores a stunning goal against Chelsea.

Adam Johnson scores a stunning goal against Chelsea.

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THE BLAME game this season has largely centred around Sunderland’s threat from out wide.

Given that so much was expected of Adam Johnson and James McClean as complementary wingmen, the duo have generally underwhelmed and struggled to consistently make the impression they are evidently capable of in the Premier League.

McClean’s attempts to reinvent himself as a winger not blessed by the mask of the unknown have seen the ex-Derry City man lose that element of directness which saw him prosper last season and he has almost looked overwhelmed by whether to dart inside or out.

 

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