'That is disgusting!': Sunderland fans slam Phil Parkinson's 'horrendous' decision as shock team news revealed
Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland side to face Blackpool – and fans have been quick to react to his surprising selection.
The Black Cats’ chief has made FIVE changes, which sees a return to the side for Charlie Wyke after his impressive cameo at Gillingham.
Will Grigg, meanwhile, is dropped while Lynden Gooch returns to the bench after injury.
And supporters had plenty to say on the selection on social media – here’s what they were posting:
@MattCrighton said: “Horrendous back line.”
@LeeAddison5 added: “That line up is disgusting”
But @tongey93 argued: “Finally wing backs who are capable of getting forward and back. 2 in midfield who can actually run (Not Leadbitter) and a front 3 who all have different qualities. Tbh this is about the line up I'd of had (maybe no De Bock)”
@sarahpatta_ commented: “Hahaha. That’s my Saturday ruined. Cheers lads”
@ParkerSAFC posted: “Cant even figure out who is playing right back nevermind the formation”
@76skelly tweeted: “Better line up than last week but is that 2 left backs as part of a back 4? Just go out and win... or even try will do”
@AidanGill_98 said: “No Grigg and Leadbitter is great, but what is that back four “
@IanC1102 commented: “532. Attacking full backs unlike last week. A bit better. Lynch and Willis prob not fully fit so centre back options limited. That area looks a bit scary.”
Sunderland AFC XI: McLaughlin, Ozturk, Flanagan, Hume, De Bock, Power, Dobson, O’Nien, Maguire, Watmore, Wyke
Sunderland AFC subs: Burge, C McLaughlin, Lynch, McNulty, Gooch, Grigg, Leadbitter