'A big miss!': Sunderland fans hail this Lee Johnson call as key man returns against Bristol Rovers

Lee Johnson has named his Sunderland side to face Bristol Rovers – and fans have been quick to react.

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 2:09 pm

The Black Cats have made two changes from the side that drew with Lincoln, as Josh Scowen and the returning Aiden O’Brien replace Grant Leadbitter and Conor McLaughlin.

And fans have been quick to hail Johnson’s decision to bring O’Brien back into the fold after a spell out with injury.

Here’s what was said on social media:

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Lee Johnson has named his Sunderland side to face Bristol Rovers – and fans have been quick to react.

@XSAFCX said: “Very happy with that, haway the lads”

@D_M__98 added: “Good team, now get the job done.”

@waldron1994 commented: “Strong team. No complaints. Come on Sunderland!”

@SAFCTylerr posted: “very strong team. keeping jj for oxford and pboro as well, he'll be fully fit by then“

@LauraJ8338 tweeted: “Glad to see O’Brien back. LJs got the best out of him aswell lately”

@safcftm2016 added: “Good team today...if not for injury and had Jones in for Gooch nor far off our best”

@DavidHindmarsh7 said: “I wouldn’t have played a back 4, but knew Johnson would. Leadbitter should be in for Scowen but he values mobility. Happy AOB is back”

@allinson_terry posted: “Good team always think our best midfield Partnership is scowen Winchester”

@steve2013 tweeted: “Happy to see O brian back think he was a big miss”

@_petty predicted: “chris maguire getting subbed on in the 65th minute and banging a screamer top bins”

Here’s the team news in full:

Sunderland XI: Burge; Power, O’Nien, Sanderson, McFadzean; Gooch, Winchester, Scowen, McGeady; Wyke, O’Brien

And on the bench: Matthews, Maguire, Diamond, Leadbitter, Neil, Stewart, Younger

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