'Shocking!': Sunderland fans fume at Phil Parkinson's bold Benji Kimpioka decision

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

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 6:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 6:51 pm
Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has named his side to face Burton Albion

The Black Cats have made two changes to the side that last took to the field, with George Dobson and Chris Maguire replaced by Duncan Watmore and Conor McLaughlin.

And supporters have had plenty to say on the exclusion of Benji Kimpioka, whose late leveller from the bench sealed a point against Coventry City on Saturday.

Here’s what fans were commenting on social media:

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@1879JJMoyes said: “That’s shocking”

@jxmes123 added: “On what planet would he start grigg over benji”

@b3nxf commented: “Maybe we'll get a touch inside the 6 yard box tonight... exciting!”

@_DanielCrisp jested: “announce relegation”

@lewis_h__ asked: “Where is McGeoch as well?? Way better than Leadbitter”

@Hallbhall added: “Grigg again jesus christ he must be a goal machine in training”

@Blackcatslee25 tweeted: “When is he going to realise power and leadbitter can’t play together man?? Too slow.”

@TalonPlaysYT said: “Why are we starting Grigg all the time? We have McNulty and Kimpioka who are putting in more effort than him. Grigg's recent performances show that he doesn't deserve to start.”

@lincolnsafc posted: “I’d rather play sammut than grant and benji instead of Grigg”

@chubfubbler commented: “Only positive is it's slightly better than Saturday's line up.”

And here’s the team news in full:

Sunderland AFC XI: Burge, C McLaughlin, Willis, Lynch, Hume, Power, Leadbitter, O’Nien, McGeady, Watmore, Grigg

Sunderland AFC subs: J McLaughlin, Flanagan, Sammut, Ozturk, Maguire, De Bock, Kimpioka