Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Middlesbrough eye Black Cats attackers as Lee Johnson prepares for Accrington Stanley

Sunderland have momentum in the League One promotion race – with Lee Johnson’s side now preparing for a trip to Accrington Stanley.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 3:42 pm

The Black Cats lifted the Papa John’s trophy at Wembley over the weekend, courtesy of Lynden Gooch’s winner, yet the league campaign has always been the priority.

Heading into the midweek fixtures, Sunderland are just two points off the automatic promotion places and have won six of their last seven in the league.

Johnson still has multiple injury concerns heading into the Accrington game after Tom Flanagan was forced off in the first half at Wembley.

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Bailey Wright, Jordan Jones and Aiden O’Brien all missed the match, while Carl Winchester and Dion Sanderson were cup tied.

Accrington sit tenth in the table and are only four points off the play-offs but have suffered back-to-back defeats against Bristol Rovers and MK Dons.

Here, take a look at the news from the Stadium of Light as it unfolded throughout the day:

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  • Sunderland lifted the Papa John’s trophy on Sunday but focus now turns to a big game at Accrington Stanley.
  • Lee Johnson’s side are two points off the automatic promotion places.
  • The Black Cats’ under-23 side drew 0-0 with Wolves on Monday.
  • Sunderland Ladies have had their league campaign curtailed for a second consecutive season.

Still buzzing from Sunday?

Sunderland have momentum after lifting the Papa John’s trophy at Wembley but focus now turns to a big game at Accrington Stanley in League One on Wednesday.

We’ll have all the build-up ahead of the match at the Crown Ground as well as the latest news and analysis throughout the day.

Stick around and refresh the page for live updates.

The state of play at the top of League One

Here’s what the top of the table looks like heading into this week’s fixtures.

Season curtailed for Sunderland Ladies

Sunderland Ladies have had their league campaign curtailed for a second consecutive season.

The FA announced their attention on Tuesday afternoon to bring an end to all league campaigns in tiers three to six, saying it is not deemed ‘viable’ to continue the season into May.

Sunderland are currently scheduled to return to action on April 4th, when they will begin their FA Cup campaign against Sheffield.

The winners of that tie will face Burnley or Fylde away a week later, with the winner of that fixture landing a clash with Manchester United on April 18th.

Read more HERE

Under-23s draw at Wolves

Sunderland’s under-23 side were held to a goalless draw at Wolves yesterday afternoon.

Benji Kimpioka, Josh Hawkes and goalkeeper Anthony Patterson all stated for the Black Cats, along with three trialists.

The trialists included defender Nathan Newall, striker Alfie Cerulli and full-back Aaron Skinner.

Jordan Jones is reportedly attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs.

According to TEAMtalk, Barnsley, Cardiff, Stoke and Middlesbrough are all keeping tabs on the Northern Ireland international

Jones has made an impressive start to his Sunderland career and scored in the Black Cats’ 2-0 win over Portsmouth.

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Accrington boss bemoans refereeing bad luck ahead of Sunderland clash

Accrington boss John Coleman believes his side aren’t getting their fair share of officiating decisions in recent weeks.

Stanley, who welcome Sunderland on Wednesday night, had five players booked during their defeat to Bristol Rovers and have won just one of their last seven.

And while far from laying the blame at the door of the officials, Coleman believes it is playing a part.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph:

We don’t feel like we are getting a fair crack of the whip at the moment and this had been a reoccurring theme all season.

That is not the reason why we are not winning games but it certainly makes it difficult to win games.

Little things that stop you in your momentum and give the other team momentum are massive.

Sometimes I get staggered by what I see but I’ve got to keep going. What is the alternative, pack in?

Sunderland are casting their eye over a pair of non-league players...

Sunderland cast their eye over two non-league players ahead of potential summer moves

Sunderland fielded three trialists in their under-23 draw with Wolves on Monday – as the club start to turn their focus to summer recruitment.

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s game

Sunderland’s League One rivals Charlton and Pompey interested in Danny Cowley

Danny Cowley has been contacted by Pompey over the vacant managerial role.

But the former Lincoln and Huddersfield chief has also attracted interest from Charlton following yesterday’s departure of Lee Bowyer.

The Portsmouth News states that Cowley and his brother Nicky have been approached to take charge of the Blues for the remainder of the season following the departure of Kenny Jackett.

However, like Daniel Stendel – who’s also a candidate to take the Fratton Park hot seat – a short-team deal for the final 13 games of the campaign has only been discussed, which is a sticking point.

Sunderland duo eyed by Middlesbrough - reports

Middlesbrough are keeping tabs on a double swoop for Charlie Wyke and Jordan Jones.

That’s according to Football League World, who state that a potential move for Wyke could depend on what other targets are available, while also hinging on Sunderland’s hopes of securing promotion to the Championship.

Wyke, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season and has scored 25 goals in League One so far this campaign.

Jones is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Rangers but looks set to leave Ibrox permanently in the summer.

The attacker began his career on Teesside before moving to play in Scotland.

The financial boost received by Sunderland after their Papa John's Trophy final win at Wembley

Sunderland are set to pocket over £300,000 after lifting the Papa John’s Trophy.

Lynden Gooch’s second half strike saw the Black Cats beat Tranmere Rovers on Sunday afternoon as the tasted Wembley success for the first time since 1973.

It’s the first trophy the club have lifted under the stewardship of Lee Johnson and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus – and fans are certainly hoping is isn’t the last one.

And as well as boosting...

Kevin Phillips believes Sunderland can get promoted

I think they’re hitting form at the right time. My only concern is if they were to lose Charlie [Wyke] or if he was to go off the boil, or if they were to lose [Aiden] McGeady, the two players that have been so influential in this run.

I think defensively they’re looking fairly solid, Dion Sanderson, who has come in, has looked really strong. From what I’ve seen, they’re capable of finishing in the top-two.

Kevin Phillips to Football FanCast

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That’s all from us!

That’s all from today’s Sunderland AFC live transfer blog for today.

We’ll be back with all the latest tomorrow as Lee Johnson’s men travel to the Wham Stadium to face Accrington Stanley in League One.

Check back in the morning for all of the latest team news and gossip throughout the day!

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