Phil Parkinson verdict on Sunderland's impressive second half showing and Chris Maguire stunner against Ipswich

Sunderland moved back into the play-offs with a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light, with a moment of magic from Chris Maguire sealing a big three points.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 5:50 pm
Bailey Wright makes a challenge in the 1-0 win over Ipswich Town.

Phil Parkinson was disappointed with his side’s start to the game, Paul Lambert’s Ipswich quicker to the ball but the Black Cats grew into the game and produced a superb second half showing, Lynden Gooch and Bailey Wright hitting the woodwork before Maguire’s winner.

The forward unleashed an unstoppable drive from the edge of the area with 81 minutes on the clock, Charlie Wyke and Kyle Lafferty combining for the assist.

Reflecting on the win, Parkinson said: “They are a good team Ipswich, we knew they would come with some response to the defeat last week and they did, they started quick.

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“We were slow to in our build-up play but we grew into it second half, we spoke about speeding the game up and getting them on the back foot and play with more forward momentum and when we did that there was only one winner, you felt.

“We had some good chances and the goal came. It was a deserved victory against a very good team.

“It was a tremendous finish from Chris, he has that calmness and quality you need to separate tight games. He is clinical in those situations.

“It is important when you take points off your rivals, we knew it would be difficult, I was so pleased with how we got stronger as the game went on, second half in particular.”

Sunderland’s nine-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end with the defeat at Portsmouth last weekend, Parkinson delighted with the response on home soil seven days on.

Though the Sunderland boss was adamant their confidence had not been knocked by the Pompey loss.

Parkinson added: “Last week did it knock confidence? No. We have good belief in the squad. It was important to analyse it and move on quickly, the lads did that in training.

“Second half against Portsmouth we weren’t at our best, but all you can do is respond and that is what we have done.”