Sunderland AFC news RECAP: Wigan fallout as defeat hands boost to Peterborough and Hull City in League One promotion race

Sunderland’s League One promotion hopes took a big blow as they were beaten 2-1 at Wigan Athletic last night – leaving Lee Johnson’s side five points outside the automatic promotion places.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 3:10 pm

Charlie Wyke put the Black Cats ahead at the DW Stadium but two set-piece goals from Will Keane and Callum Lang turned the game on its head.

Sunderland now have six games remaining and must now prepare for this weekend’s trip to Blackpool, which has been brought forward to an earlier time of 12:30pm.

That is because this weekend’s 3pm EFL fixtures will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Johnson gave an honest assessment after last night’s match, admitting Wigan deserved their victory.

The Black Cats were also forced to make a late change to their starting XI as Conor McLaughlin was withdrawn with a hernia issue.

Here’s the latest news and reaction.

Sunderland AFC news (April 14)

Last updated: Wednesday, 14 April, 2021, 15:09

  • Sunderland were beaten 2-1 at Wigan last night despite taking the lead through Charlie Wyke.
  • The Black Cats are now five points off the automatic promotion places with six games remaining.
  • Conor McLaughlin missed the game with a hernia issue.

It was a damaging evening for the Black Cats yesterday, as a 2-1 defeat at Wigan left Lee Johnson’s side five points off the play-offs.

Sunderland took the lead through Charlie Wyke but conceded two set-piece goals to lose their second successive match.

We’ll have all the fallout from last night’s match, as well as build-up ahead of this weekend’s to Blackpool.

What the table looks like

Here’s where last night’s result leaves the Black Cats.

Lee Johnson’s side still have to play league leaders Hull, but automatic promotion is now out of Sunderland’s hands.

Last night’s player ratings

An honest verdict from Lee Johnson

Here’s what Lee Johnson made of last night’s defeat.

“Obviously, goals change games and it’s been another scenario where we haven’t defended a set-play.

“In the last ten games or so, there’s been too many of those. It’s disappointing because you can’t keep giving teams a leg-up, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t think we deserved it today.

“Even in the first half-hour where we were fluid on the ball, our off-the-ball connection and distances were always going to play into the hands of any opposition, let alone Wigan who are on good form, and allow them to create space.

“Five or six games ago, we weren’t conceding any shots on target because of our solidness. Now, we’re probably chasing it a little bit early, with the thought of going into the top two, and that then leaves us open to being exposed.

“We’ve got to hold our hands up and say, ‘Look, we weren’t good enough, it’s as simple as that. They deserved to win’.”

Blackpool time change

Sunderland’s game at Blackpool this Saturday has been brought forward to an earlier time of 12:30pm

That is because this weekend’s 3pm EFL fixtures will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Read more HERE

Sunderland defender Conor McLaughlin missed the game due to ongoing concerns from a hernia operation earlier in the season.

McLaughlin had been set to return to the side at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night, but played next to no part in the warm up and was replaced by Bailey Wright, who was himself returning from a calf problem.

Johnson also revealed after the 2-1 defeat that Dion Sanderson has been managing a back problem, leaving him short of options at the back.

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Sunderland have won an award!

Six EFL Clubs have today been recognised as the regional winners of the Your Move Community Club of the Year as part of the EFL’s Day of Action.

The ongoing work of EFL Clubs highlights the power of football as a force for good in a year when communities have needed them most. During the pandemic EFL Clubs have provided critical support to the communities they serve, from delivering important food parcels to those most at risk to helping people who are isolated and suffering from loneliness.

The six winners have been chosen for the outstanding impact they continue to have in changing people’s lives for the better across a wide range of areas including physical and mental wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, employability and tackling loneliness.

2021 Your Move Community Clubs of the Year:

North East & Yorkshire – Sunderland AFC

North West – Blackburn Rovers

Midlands – Port Vale

London – Watford

South East & East – Portsmouth

South West & Wales – Bristol Rovers

An EFL statement read: “Sunderland’s official charity has focused on bringing together its community with local fundraising, a key focus to support the Covid response and rebuild the community based on the impact of the pandemic.

“In the run up to their Wembley Papa John’s Trophy Final, a special initiative raised over £170,000 for local charities.

“The judges were also impressed with the Club’s unique work through projects in partnership with the NHS and their focus on men’s mental health through the #BeAGameChanger campaign.”

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