LiveSunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Early team news, Rochdale build-up plus rivals target Cats striker

Sunderland are preparing for the visit of Rochdale to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening, with the Black Cats aiming to build on the victory over Ipswich Town.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 6:45 pm

We have all the build-up ahead of the visit of Rochdale, with Steve Parkin delivering a pre-match press conference at the Academy of Light ahead of the League One clash.

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Sunderland striker Chris Maguire.

Sunderland AFC RECAP: News and analysis

Last updated: Monday, 10 February, 2020, 18:47

  • Scroll down for today's Sunderland news.
  • Steve Parkin's pre-match press conference took pace at 12.30pm this afternoon.
  • The Black Cats face Rochdale at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening.

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Energy is key for the Sunderland star!

A look at Tuesday night's opponents

No new injury news but the Cats boss has some decisions to make...

A must read from Gary Rowell

Steve Parkin pre Rochdale press conference

Sunderland assistant manager Steve Parkin

He’s got to play with energy. He's a very talented footballer and when his running stats are right up there, that’s when he’s at his very best.

On Chris Maguire

It's the business end of the season now. We’re getting there but every game is vital and it starts again tomorrow night. Saturday is gone now and we’ve got to move on and continue picking up points.

Looking ahead to Rochdale

They’re a very good footballing team and they’ve got dangerous forwards. They’re a definite threat, a definite goal threat. We have to respect them and get the crowd right behind us because I don’t think it will be an easy game. 

On Rochdale

We pondered long and hard on the touchline me and Phil about what changes we needed to make. We were playing so well we didn’t feel as though we needed to make any. But with two powerful boys up front with 15 minutes to go, that proved to be the right way to go.

Having Charlie Wyke and Kyle Lafferty up front

Possibly going to sleep on it, 36 hours before the game is enough time for us to decide whether players are a bit leggy or if we go with the similar team [to Saturday]. The bench is a good bench and we’ll need all the players between now and the end of the season. That’s massive for me, suspensions are looming, touch wood we don’t get any injuries, we’ve got a good drive in the group to all want to play. There are no injuries to worry about.

Team selection

Steve Parkin's pre Rochdale press conference is just moments away

Stay here for the key quotes and updates...

When will Declan John return?

"Declan is fine. He's been fine this week in training, but Bailey had started the week with a bit of a tight groin and I just felt I needed another centre back on the bench.

“It's unlucky for Declan that he didn't make the 18 but he kind of understood. He's fitted into the group really well and he's going to push Denver really hard for that place.”

Positive news for Joel Lynch

On Lynch, Parkinson said: “With Joel, there is no broken rib, protocol with the concussion is progressing.

“He should be close to selection early next week.”

Parkinson on the back three and another clean sheet

Parkinson said: “I was very pleased for the lads at the back, the back three were excellent.

“In that period in the first half, when we were not at our best, concentration levels have to be right.

“You have to come through that period unscathed so when you play better it is not 1-0 down but still 0-0 and that is what you saw.”

Oxford United want Will Grigg

Oxford United will look to reignite their interest in out-of-favour Sunderland striker Will Grigg this summer.

Grigg was again missing from the Sunderland matchday squad for the 1-0 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.

Oxford boss Karl Robinson declared his interest in Grigg in January but the Black Cats were unwilling to let him go to a potential promotion rival.

The Sun claim Oxford could now reignite their interest this summer, with a permanent move

Bailey Wright made his home debut against Ipswich Town

George Dobson has impressed in central midfield

We'll have live Sunderland updates throughout the day.

Steve Parkin is holding his press conference from 12.30pm ahead of the visit of Rochdale on Tuesday evening.

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