'Well deserved!': Sunderland fans react as popular midfielder gets FA Cup chance against Walsall

Sunderland boss Jack Ross has made one change for today's trip to Walsall in the FA Cup second round.

Saturday, 1st December 2018, 1:28 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st December 2018, 1:45 pm
Sunderland midfielder Luke O'Nien will start against Walsall in the FA Cup.

Midfielder Luke O'Nien has replaced captain George Honeyman, who isn't even on the bench after picking up a knock in training, following Tuesday's victory over Barnsley.

It means Aiden McGeady will captain the side at the Banks's Stadium.

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Here's how some fans reacted on social media:

@KingstonSi said: "Really happy to see @LukeONien get a starting place in the 11. It's well deserved after a string of impressive performances as sub"

@GhGheighton added: "Be good to see @LukeONien get full 90mins under his belt"

@MattyCrichton commented: "Huge chance for O’Nien to prove he is not just an impact sub! #HawayTheLads #SAFC"

On the decision to make McGeady captain, @EddieSAFCxx added: "Great player but don’t know about captain. Personally would’ve had Power or one of the Centre halfs"

@ManLikeMaja commented: "Yes @LukeONien"

@ShieldsMPSAFC said: "Strong team. #upforthecup"

@MVN_98 was also optimistic, saying: "Strong team would be great to be in the third round and hopefully get a championship or prem team to test ourselves against #Safc"

@MJacko1989 wasn't so sure, adding: "I’d have went full strength Tuesday and mixed it up today. #SAFC"

@Chubfubbler said: "Good side that can't really argue with that selection."

On O'Nien and Honeyman @ajdodsworth84 added: "Deserved start Deserved rest"