'Shocked!': Sunderland fans react as Phil Parkinson makes bold selection call against Rochdale

Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland side to take on Rochdale – and supporters have been quick to react.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 6:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 6:50 pm

The Black Cats have named an unchanged side for the visit of the Dale, with Phil Parkinson keeping faith with the same side that beat Ipswich Town.

And fans have been quick to have their say on the selection, which came as something of a surprise given the quick turnaround in fixtures.

Here’s what supporters were saying on social media:

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Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland team to take on Rochdale

@lewish__ said: “Lafferty should be starting, Wykes been useless”

@DRudd111 added: “Is Phil too scared to makes changes or something?”

@Shaun_Hall43 asked: “Not have faith in any others ??? Bring new players in, perfect chance tonight”

@stephy_alice argued: “We won why change it?”

@RCawley01 posted: “we should be staring lafferty with wyke we play so better when we have two strikers up front lafftery bassicly made a huge diffrence when he played up top with wyke last game when he came on of the bench??”

@forsterchris0 commented: “Dobson and power have been off form recently. And where is declan john?”

@brettd1981 tweeted: “Shocked we are unchanged, 3 games in 8 days so tonight would be a good time to mix it up a little”

@robertsjoe166 added: “I get don't change a winning team but we need fresh legs. Should have given Dobson a break.”

And here’s the Sunderland side in full:

Sunderland AFC: J McLaughlin, Wright, Ozturk, Willis, O’Nien, Hume, Power, Dobson, Gooch, Maguire, Wyke

Sunderland AFC subs: Burge, C McLaughlin, Ozturk, Lafferty, Watmore, Scowen, Semenyo