Phil Parkinson makes this Chris Maguire pledge as in-form Sunderland forward stars again in big Wycombe win

Phil Parkinson has hailed the improved form of Chris Maguire - and promised there is much more to come from the Sunderland forward.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 10:11 am

Maguire scored twice in the 4-0 demolition of Wycombe Wanderers, a first half penalty followed by a stunning free-kick from long-range in the second half to cap a magnificent afternoon for the Black Cats.

Charlie Wyke had set Sunderland on their way before Denver Hume doubled the lead with his first professional goal.

On Maguire's improved form and fitness, Parkinson said: “Chris’ ability doesn’t change from one week to the next, he has great ability.

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Chris Maguire celebrates his Sunderland penalty.

“Like I have said, he has started to get fitter and that is why he is able to play at a consistent level - simple as that.

“He is a good player, good quality and has good end product. You can see from the stands he is on a different level to what he has been for a while.

“This is just the start of it, there is more to come.”

Parkinson was delighted with the application and constant pressing from his side, adding: “Always good to get an early goal, it carried off from last week.

“I was so pleased for Charlie [Wyke], he has been excellent, his all round game. It will give him another lift.

“Wycombe were deservedly top of the league, they have an excellent work ethic but we not only matched that but overran them.

“They are an underestimated team, Wycombe. They have some good quality. You are not top if you are not a good team.”

On his own team, Parkinson added: “There is a different feel to the team at the moment, we are really enjoying working with them, they are on a high in the dressing room.

"You have to enjoy the victories but it is feet firmly on the ground for us though and we go back to work next week.

“That was the best home atmosphere since I have been here, the supporters were great, they got right behind the lads and responded to the way we are playing.

“We have to use our fans to our advantage.

“They were right behind us and lifted us right until the end.”