'Horrendous!': Sunderland fans slam Phil Parkinson's big tactical call at Doncaster
Parkinson has made three changes to the side that drew with Bolton Wanderers, as George Dobson, Joel Lynch and Chris Maguire come into the fold.
Grant Leadbitter, Tom Flanagan and Duncan Watmore are all sacrificed as the Black Cats look to put an end to their nine-game unbeaten run.
And fans had plenty to say about Parkinson’s selection on social media – especially as he sticks with a perceived five at the back.
Here’s what they said:
@benjg17 said: “horrendous, 5 at the back again”
@chinty1985 added: “5 at the back again with two defensive midfielders. What a time to be alive”
@braddfearnleyy commented: “Every week I just think the McGeady decision is going to cost us.”
@woodybp26 tweeted: “If ur gonna play 3/5 at the back at least play 2 up front”
@Welsh0512Welsh posted: “Feel sorry for the 4000”
@RamseySAFC added: “I don't mind 5 at the back when we are playing away, but 2 defensive midfielders and 1 up front. Haway man gave it a rest”
@LeedMatthew asked: “This doesn’t work! Why do they keep on doing it?”
@browny996 said: “I don’t have a problem with the 3/5 formation, it’s just that Parkinson doesn’t know how to use it”
@wdt0_0 posted: “not too much excitement with that team selection”
And here’s the team news in full:
Sunderland AFC XI: J McLaughlin; O’Nien, Lynch, Ozturk, Willis, Hume; Dobson, Power, Gooch; Maguire, Wyke
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