How Blackpool and Elliot Embleton boosted Sunderland's automatic promotion hopes with Peterborough win
Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes were boosted after Blackpool’s 3-1 win over Peterborough at Bloomfield Road.
The Posh remain second in the table, two points ahead of Sunderland, but have now played a game more than Lee Johnson’s side.
Black Cats loanee Elliot Embleton played 78 minutes for Blackpool, before he was replaced by Ethan Robson, and assisted The Tangerines’ third goal for Luke Garbutt.
That came after a brace from striker Jerry Yates and an equaliser from Peterborough’s Joe Ward on the stroke of half time.
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson told our sister title the Peterborough Telegraph: “I was disappointed by that tonight, I was disappointed by the way we played on Saturday and I am disappointed with our recent form.
“It’s clear why we’ve started to struggle. We are conceding sloppy goals through individual errors. That’s 11 goals in five matches we’ve now conceded and that can’t continue. Teams are not having to work that hard to score against us.
“We need to get back to basics. We were very solid until this recent run. We have to get back to that and if we do I maintain we have enough in this squad to get where we want to be.”
Sunderland could move ahead of Peterborough and into the automatic promotion places if the Black Cats win at Bristol Rovers this weekend – yet they would still need The Posh to drop points at Fleetwood.
Johnson’s side will face Peterborough at London Road next month on Monday, April 5.