Phil Parkinson reacts as Sunderland pile on promotion pressure with Bristol Rovers win

Sunderland AFC host Bristol Rovers at the Stadium of Light this afternoon (KO 3pm) – and we’ve got it covered.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 5:13 pm
Sunderland host Bristol Rovers at the Stadium of Light today.

Our team of Phil Smith, Richard Mennear and Mark Donnelly are in place at the stadium ahead of another big weekend in the push for promotion.

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Sunderland, who added former Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith to their squad on Friday afternoon, are three points off the top of League One heading into the weekend fixtures.

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FT Sunderland AFC 3 (Gooch, 71, Wyke 73, O'Nien 83) Bristol Rovers 0: SAFC in command

Last updated: Saturday, 22 February, 2020, 14:38

Sunderland host Bristol Rovers at the Stadium of Light this afternoon (KO 3pm)

  • SAFC: McLaughlin, Willis, Ozturk, Flanagan, O’Nien, Dobson, Power, Hume, Maguire, Wyke, Gooch.
  • SAFC subs: Burge, C McLaughlin, Scowen, Watmore, Lafferty, Smith, Semenyo
  • Bristol Rovers: Blackman, Kilgour, Craig, Leahy, Menayese, Upson, Clarke (C), Ogogo, Clarke-Harris, Ginnelly, Mitchell-Lawson.
  • Bristol Rovers subs: Strappershoef, Holmes-Dennis, Harries, Barrett, Rodman, Abraham, Daly.

Hello and welcome to our Saturday match blog ahead of a big afternoon at the Stadium of Light - with Bristol Rovers the visitors to Wearside. 

We'll have all the build-up, the early team news plus analysis and much more throughout the day.

Sunderland added to their squad on Friday afternoon

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New signing Tommy Smith described it as an 'honour and privilege'

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Phil Parkinson's pre-match thoughts in the programme

"Today's game signals the start of another important week and there can be no let-up in performance level.

"Our preparations have gone well but Bristol will be buoyed by their victory over Blackpool last weekend so we need to ensure we are at our best across all areas of the pitch."

Jordan Willis has a strong message

'Everybody want to out their bodies on the line - even the strikers and midfielders come back and you can see them throwing themselves in front of every ball - and that sums up our mentality.'

Semenyo answers the questions in today's match programme

The wind is picking up here

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