Sunderland AFC news: Pundit tells Cats not to panic as Kevin Phillips delivers verdict on play-off chances

Sunderland suffered a third straight loss against Blackpool yesterday afternoon to all but end the Black Cats’ automatic promotion hopes.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 5:31 pm

And Sunderland have not won since Good Friday when they defeated 10-man Oxford United at the Stadium of Light.

Here, though, we take you through all of the latest news and talk from around the division that you may have missed:

Pundit makes Sunderland claim following loss to Tangerines

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Kevin Phillips of Sunderland during the FA Carling Premiership match against Derby played at Pride Park in Derby, England. Sunderland won the game 5-0.

Georg Elek has urged Sunderland fans to not panic about third loss in a row and their streaky form as the Black Cats lost 1-0 to Blackpool.

“It’s three losses in a row now for Sunderland,” the pundit said to Quest.

"It’s important that Sunderland fans don’t think too much about their streaky leaking and don’t make it a self-fulfilling prophecy, because they weren’t too bad today.”

Kevin Phillips delivers promotion verdict and talks play-offs

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has delivered his verdict on Sunderland’s play-off chances.

“The play-offs are a lottery,” Phillips told Football Insider.

“The big thing for Sunderland is, psychologically, will this blip damage them? They got into such a good position and at one point they had the chance to go top of the league.

“If they weren’t to go up automatically, psychologically, it is a big blow.

“You may have to play the team that gets into the play-offs in sixth and the team that finishes there usually comes in on a roll.

“It is concerning and with the history of Sunderland in the play-offs it is far from ideal.”

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