'Baffling!': Sunderland fans question Phil Parkinson's big selection call at Fleetwood

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

Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 2:12 pm

Parkinson has named an unchanged side for the clash with the Cod Army, resisting the temptation to rotate his squad after a quick turnaround in fixtures.

His decision means the returning Tom Flanagan has to settle for a place on the bench, while Parkinson sticks with the 5-3-2 formation he has utilised in recent weeks.

And fans had plenty to say on his big calls ahead of the New Years’ Day fixture – including the decision to omit Marc McNulty.

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Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland team to face Fleetwood Town

Here’s what supporters had to say on social media:

@chriswood1875 said: “How Marc mcnulty or Dylan mcgeouch can’t get a game is baffling man”

But @SW11__ argued: “We just won 2-1 and played the best we have all season... why change it?”

@chrisconlin2 added: “Unchanged !! Correct decision”

Lynden Gooch retains his place in the Sunderland side

@JBrownie_99 commented: “Haway the lads get into them”

@76skelly tweeted: “Try and carry on from Sunday eh lads?”

@sunlunjack posted: “10 years on we will look at this game. let’s make it a good memory. HWTL”

And here’s the Sunderland team news in full:

Sunderland AFC XI: J McLaughlin; O’Nien, Ozturk, Willis, Lynch, Hume; Dobson, Power; Gooch, Maguire, Wyke

Sunderland AFC subs: Burge, C McLaughlin, Grigg, Watmore, Leadbitter, Flanagan, McNulty