Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Hull City sweat on injury blow as Cats look to bounce back

Sunderland suffered a third straight defeat last weekend.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 3:14 pm

The Black Cats now haven’t won since Good Friday following a draw to Peterborough and then back-to-back defeats to Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool.

The result means Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes are now all but over.

Lee Johnson’s means are eight points behind second-place Peterborough United with five games left to play in the third tier,

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Sunderland goalkeeper Lee Burge reacts during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Oxford United at Stadium of Light on April 2, 2021.

The Black Cats are also nine points behind league-leaders Hull City but have a game in hand on the Tigers plus a game to play against Grant McCann’s men this Tuesday.

And we’ll be bringing you all of the latest before the clash as Sunderland attempt to return to winning ways heading into the play-offs.

The Echo will also be hosting another Watch Party which can be found on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Here, we’ll have all the latest news as Sunderland prepare to face Hull City in the third-tier:

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  • Sunderland have now suffered three back-to-back losses in League One after defeat to Blackpool on Saturday
  • The Black Cats face Hull City in the league tomorrow as Lee Johnson attempts to get Sunderland back on track

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Hull City sweating on Honeyman injury ahead of Sunderland clash

Hull City are sweating on the fitness of former Sunderland midfielder George Honeyman ahead of their clash with the Black Cats on Tuesday evening.

Honeyman has been a key part of the Hull side who currently sit top of League One and are close to achieving promotion back to the Championship.

But the 26-year-old missed the Tigers’ win over Fleetwood Town on Saturday after picking up a knock in training on Friday.

That leaves Honeyman doubtful ahead of the clash with his former club – although manager Grant McCann is hopeful that he will be available for the visit of Sunderland.

We weren’t going to take any risks with him and I think he’ll be okay for Tuesday night.

He doesn’t want to miss any games and he’s doing everything he can to be involved on Tuesday. If it’s not Tuesday, I’d imagine he’ll be back for next Saturday but we’ll see how he is over the next 24 hours or so. He’s desperate to be involved, like everybody is.

Max Power has a challenge for the Sunderland squad...

Max Power admits the top two is now highly unlikely for Sunderland – but has challenged the side to rediscover their ‘winning formula’ ahead of the potential play-off campaign.

Defeat at Blackpool on Saturday means the Black Cats look set to miss out on automatic promotion, with the gap to second placed Peterborough United now eight points with just five games left to play.

But the end of season play-offs remain a possibility for Lee Johnson’s side, who still sit third in the table ahead of their visit to table-topping Hull City on Tuesday evening.

And after three successive defeats, Power has challenged the side to get back to winning ways as soon as possible – so that they can enter the play-offs with some momentum behind them.

Read his full thoughts below:

Max Power makes this promotion admission as he delivers a Sunderland challenge ahead of Hull City clash

Max Power admits the top two is now highly unlikely for Sunderland – but has challenged the side to rediscover their ‘winning formula’ ahead of the potential play-off campaign.

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