LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Fresh injury blow for Cats as they close gap on top two
Sunderland closed the gap on the top two with a 1-0 win over Swindon Town on Tuesday night.
Charlie Wyke scored again as Lee Johnson’s side moved up to fourth in the table and to within five points of the automatic promotion places, with two games in hand on second-place Hull City.
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Sunderland AFC news RECAP (March 3)
Last updated: Wednesday, 03 March, 2021, 17:38
- Sunderland moved up to fourth in the League One table 1-0 win over Swindon at the Stadium of Light.
- Lee Johnson fears that Conor McLaughlin could be facing another spell on the sidelines following a hernia operation.
- The Black Cats are preparing for a home game against Rochdale this weekend.
- Sunderland and Burton have both been fined by the FA with a breach of rule E20 after an off-the-ball scuffle last month.
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Full story as Sunderland and Burton are fined
The incident in question came in the 55th minute of Sunderland’s recent 3-0 win over Burton Albion.
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Sunderland and Burton fined
Sunderland and Burton have both been fined by the FA with a breach of rule E20 after an off-the-ball scuffle last month.
It was a cheap goal says Swindon boss
Swindon boss John Sheridan was pleased with his side’s performance against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but was disappointed with the manner of the Black Cats’ goal.
Charlie Wyke scored his 24th goal of the season with 20 minutes to go, heading home Chris Maguire’s free-kick in a 1-0 win.
Sheridan told BBC Wiltshire: “I’ve said to the lads keep your heads up, it’s a good display from us against a big club and a side who are fancied to go up automatically.
“We knew it would be tough but I thought we competed really well, lots of endeavour but unfortunately we came away with nothing.
“I always said don’t be giving cheap free-kicks away because they’ve got good deliveries and that’s what’s undone us.
“It’s a cheap free-kick and a cheap goal. They’ve had one or two chances towards the end there as we were chasing the game but we’ve probably had the best chance with Hallam Hope.”
Another goal for Will Grigg
Sunderland loanee Will Grigg scored again last night for MK Dons but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat at Gillingham.
Grigg has now scored three goals in six appearances since joining the Dons on loan in January.
“His attitude, his attention to detail and his quality is fantastic and he’s getting better and better as he’s getting fitter.
“We are really happy to have him and as long as he keeps performing like that, we’ve got one of the top performers in his position.”
Phil Smith’s verdict on last night
How good would this be?
Sunderland’s Stadium of Light could host Euro 2020 matches this summer.
Boris Johnson has offered to stage the whole of the delayed tournament which was due to take place last summer across Europe.
And reports suggest that the Prime Minister’s plans have been well received by European football bosses.
Wembley is already due to stage seven games at the tournament, which will now take place this summer.
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Injury update from the Sunderland head coach
“Conor needs an injection on the back of the hernia operation he had,” Lee Johnson said.
“He’s just having a bit of pain so it’s more than likely he’ll be out again.
“Goochy just felt his calf, so hopefully that won’t be too bad.
“I’ve said to the U23s, there are four spots available for Wembley when you add the three lads that we have cup tied, if that’s not a carrot for them then I don’t know what is.”
Points are all that matter!
Injury blow for Sunderland
Lee Johnson reacts to the win
“First half, in possession, we had a lot of control but didn’t work their goalkeeper enough,” Johnson said.
“We had a lot of bright play, a lot of switches, centre-halves stepping out, a lot of overloads but it never really resulted in a positive action around the six-yard box.
“We didn’t have enough numbers in the box, that’s for sure.
“We put Gooch in at 10 and at half-time and just asked the midfielders to get on the angle to be able to play forward more.
“They were having a good game, but it was one of those prozone 95% pass completion, and not enough forward passes.
“Second half we did that much better.
“We scored from the set play, another fantastic delivery and a fantastic header.”
Charlie Wyke scores again!
Lee Johnson hailed his Sunderland players for coming through a challenging night with three points as his injury issues worsen.
The Black Cats have been forced into fielding a makeshift defence of late and had to do so again against Swindon Town as Conor McLaughlin was sidelined.
Sunderland struggled to carve open a defensive opponent but won thanks to another goal from Charlie Wyke as he stooped to head in a terrific free-kick from substitute Chris Maguire.
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Sunderland boosted their automatic promotion hopes with the victory over Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.