LiveSunderland AFC news RECAP: Jordan Jones injury latest as Black Cats keep pressure on Peterborough and Hull City
Sunderland have won seven of their last eight games in League One following last night’s 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley.
Second-half goals from substitute Ross Stewart and Charlie Wyke saw the Black Cats move up to third in the table and just two points off the automatic promotion places with 12 games to go.
Lee Johnson’s side will now turn their attention towards this weekend’s meeting with Lincoln City at the Stadium of Light
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RECAP: Sunderland transfer news (18 March)
Last updated: Thursday, 18 March, 2021, 16:56
- Sunderland made it seven wins out of eight in League One after a 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley last night.
- The result moved Lee Johnson’s side up to third in League One.
- Johnson provided injury updates on Jordan Jones, Aiden O’Brien and Bailey Wright.
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Carl Winchester’s verdict
Following last night’s 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley, the Black Cats midfielder told the club’s website:“It was a tough game on a difficult surface, but we dug in and we’re delighted with the three points.
“With the way the pitch was, we knew we couldn’t take too many touches or we’d get caught on the ball, so we hit the channels quite a lot and played the conditions.
“In this league you have to go to places and really dig in to get the win, and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”
Next day analysis
Read Mark Donnelly’s thoughts on last night’s win HERE
The pressure is on Sunderland says Appleton
Next up for Sunderland is a home game against Lincoln this weekend.
The Imps have dropped to fourth in League One, two points behind the Black Cats, following a run of just one win in seven games.
Yet manager Michael Appleton says the pressure will be on Lee Johnson’s side on Saturday.
“Everyone will be expecting them to turn us over,” he said.
“We’ll go up there and enjoy it. No-one is expecting us to win, everyone is expecting us to lose. Maybe we’ll surprise one or two.”
Conor McLaughlin makes the Northern Ireland squad but Jordan Jones misses out
Jordan Jones has been ruled out of Northern Ireland’s upcoming international matches.
Ian Baraclough’s side will play three games later this month, including their first 2022 World Cup qualifying fixtures against Italy (Thursday, 25 March) and Bulgaria (Wednesday, 31 March), as well as a friendly against USA (Sunday 28 March).
Jones, who is on loan from Rangers, has missed the Black Cats’ last two fixtures against Tranmer and Accrington Stanley with a muscle injury and will be a doubt for this weekend’s meeting with Lincoln.
Sunderland defender Conor McLaughlin has been included in the 26-man squad, meaning he will miss the Wearsiders’ trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday, 27 March.
When asked about injuries after Sunderland’s 2-0 win at Accrington, Johnson gave an update on Jones, Aiden O’Brien and Bailey Wright.
“First to return would probably be O’Brien,” said Johnson. “Second Jordan, and Bailey – they’ll be pretty close.”
Adkins appointed at Charlton
Nigel Adkins has been appointed the new manager of Charlton.
The Addicks are sixth in League One following Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers.
Adkins, who replaces Lee Bowyer at the Valley, told the clubs website: “I had a conversation with Thomas (chairman Thomas Sandgaard) and he highlighted where he wants this club to go. It’s an exciting and long-term vision. Getting to the Premier League is something that we all want and something that I have done before. I want to achieve that again.
“The team got a great result on Tuesday night and now we need to keep driving on together, because we have got a chance of winning promotion this season.”
Coleman on Sunderland defeat
Here’s what Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman made of last night’s match.
“No-one to blame but ourselves tonight,” he said.
“We made a couple of mistakes at vital times and we didn’t punish their mistakes.
“You can say that that’s luck, and they have rode their luck because on another day we would score two.
“If you look at their headed goal from Charlie Wyke and Harvey’s chance, Harvey’s is easier. That’s probably why Charlie Wyke is going to go for £3million and Harvey will only go for £750,000.”
A clear message from the Sunderland boss!
An hour-long meeting prior to the trip to Accrington Stanley saw Lee Johnson hammer home a key message to his Sunderland side – don’t worry about the things you can’t control.
Here’s what the League One table looks like after last night’s results.
Lee Johnson says that Bailey Wright has suffered a slight setback on his return from injury – while also offering updates on Jordan Jones and Aiden O’Brien.
There were hopes that the Australian centre back could have been fit in time for last Sunday’s win over Tranmere Rovers, but he missed that game and the midweek win over Accrington Stanley.
Johnson also hopes Jordan Jones and Aiden O’Brien will be able to return soon.
Read more HERE
Johnson on Accrington win
Lee Johnson believes that Ross Stewart will prove to be a ‘coup’ for Sunderland – after he netted on his debut at Accrington.
The winter signing from Ross County impressed from the bench at the Wham Stadium and opened the scoring with a well-taken header.
His introduction sparked a much-improved second half for the Black Cats who had to battle for the win against John Coleman’s side.
And the Black Cats’ endeavour left Johnson pleased at full-time.
“I thought we showed good attitude and good energy,” he said.
“It was a difficult game. Obviously it was a battle, it was always going to be a battle – a footballing battle. Both sides tried to play but at times it did get scrappy and we had to deal with it.
“It was a good change in terms of big Rosco ready to come on. I think we needed a bit more of a platform, it was asking Charlie to do a lot against three big lads so just a little tactical tweak there and we’re delighted for him.”
Read more HERE
Another game, another win!
Sunderland kept their momentum going with a 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley last night as Lee Johnson edged closer towards the automatic promotion places.
We’ll have more reaction and analysis to the match throughout the day - stick around and refresh the page for live updates.