Phil Parkinson reacts as Sunderland are beaten 2-0 at Portsmouth and Joel Lynch is stretchered off after lengthy stoppage
Sunderland travel to Portsmouth today looking to extend their nine-game unbeaten run, with Antoine Semenyo in line for his Cats debut.
The forward signed on loan from Bristol City on deadline day and could feature from the bench, Declan John was not signed in time to be registered for today’s game.
Follow our live blog from the south coast as Sunderland aim to build on the midweek 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers with another result on the road today.
Portsmouth 2 (Burgess 26, Bolton 36) Sunderland AFC 0 FT: Black Cats well beaten
Last updated: Saturday, 01 February, 2020, 14:03
- SAFC: J McLaughlin, Willis, Wright, Lynch, O’Nien, Dobson, Power, Hume, Maguire, Wyke, Gooch
- SAFC subs: Burge, C McLaughlin, Lafferty, Scowen, Semenyo, Watmore, Flanagan.
- Antoine Semenyo is named on the bench, with Sunderland unchanged. No Will Grigg or Alim Ozturk in the squad again.
Hello and welcome to our live Sunderland AFC blog ahead of the 3pm KO against Portsmouth. We'll have all the news, analysis and reaction to come.
A busy deadline day with two in and two out
Bailey Wright is expected to keep his place today
Wright looking forward to the game
“I've played training ground ninety minutes and been topping up myself to make sure I'm match fit and ready. I've been itching to play and get ninety minutes, so it's nice to do that.
“But it’s even better to get three points and a clean sheet in front of a packed out away end, and you could really feel the support.”
Kenny Jackett had this to say ahead of the game
"Both sides were all out to go out to get up last season and got into the play-offs. Both sides will again be going right to the end to get one of those three promotion places.
"It sets it up for a terrific game, a good occasion. Both sides have good quality and I’m sure it will be again."
Phil Parkinson is aiming to make it 10-games unbeaten today at Portsmouth
Marc McNulty's dad has thanked Sunderland supporters
SAFC non-executive director David Jones has say on the club's January window
Parkinson's thoughts ahead of kick-off at Portsmouth
“We wanted the lads to enjoy the win on Wednesday and the recent run they have been on,” he said.
“It was a hard slog at Tranmere, but the lads are on a high in the dressing room because they know what they had to do there to get the win.
“It’s always hard to go to a place like Prenton Park, tell people what we need and how we are going to win and then implementing it.
“We have had a quick turnaround for the Portsmouth game, and it’s been a case of resting up and getting ready for what is a tough game at the weekend, but one we are really looking forward to.”
McNulty starts on the bench for Hibs after his late switch on deadline day
Meanwhile, team news at Fratton Park is due in 10 minutes or so. Will Semenyo get a start? Or will Parkinson keep faith with the same team that beat Tranmere Rovers.