'I'm surprised!': Sunderland fans react as Phil Parkinson makes big Josh Scowen and Antoine Semenyo decision

Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland side to face Portsmouth – and fans have been quick to react.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 2:11 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st February 2020, 2:11 pm

The Black Cats are unchanged from the midweek win over Tranmere Rovers, with new signing Antoine Semenyo having to settle for a place on the bench.

Meanwhile, there is no place for Will Grigg on the bench once more – despite the striker having travelled to Portsmouth – and Alim Ozturk also misses out.

Fans had plenty to say about their omissions, and the decision to leave Josh Scowen and Antoine Semenyo on the bench.

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Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland side to face Portsmouth

Here's what supporters were saying on social media:

@Wivpint said: “Imagine being grigg and not even making the bench”

@MJacko1989 added: “I’d have mixed that team up today after the heavy pitch on Wednesday”

@tenchylad commented: “I think we will turn them over down there this afternoon. Proper statement result. Just a feeling , nowt else”

@JackAsbery asked: “Still no Ozturk?”

@ManWhoEdits tweeted: “Strongest bench we've had this season?”

@mikesmith145 posted: “Surprised he’s starting Dobson and not Scowen”

@YoungTory1997 added: “Dobson was terrible last match, and Scowen is 10 times the player Dobson is.”

@DavidHindmarsh7 commented: “Imagine complaining that our two worst players aren’t playing”

@sunlunmaddog said: “DONT START WYKE MAN”

But @RCawley01 argued: “Why not mate he scored last match you can’t just drop him even if he’s scored a goal mate the other game”

@jamesafcmoore tweeted: “Keep a winning side, really strong bench”

@lumsdon_clayton posted: “Good team wish Scowen was starting hope to see Semenyo in the second half”

@Nabster302 added: “I would only change one player scowen for Dobson.”

@DJ_Haribo said: “Ozturk kept clean sheet after clean now cannit even make the bench”

@PeterJWhalen7 tweeted: “Would have like Scowen to start today. Hopefully see him, Lafferty & Semenyo at some point. Ha way the lads”

Here’s the Sunderland team in full: Jon McLaughlin; Jordan Willis, Joel Lynch, Bailey Wright; Denver Hume, Luke O’Nien, George Dobson, Max Power; Chris Maguire, Lynden Gooch, Charlie Wyke.

And here's who is on the bench for the Black Cats: Lee Burge, Tom Flanagan, Duncan Watmore, Antoine Semenyo, Conor McLaughlin, Josh Scowen, Kyle Lafferty