Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Will Grigg nets as Cats triumph in friendly
Sunderland continued their promotion push with a hard-fought point against Fleetwood Town yesterday evening – but they left it late at the Stadium of Light.
We’ll have the latest on that dramatic draw throughout the day, as well as any other breaking news to come out of the Black Cats as they prepare for Sunday’s trip to Coventry City.
Simply scroll down for the latest news in our new-look blog as our dedicated writers bring you more reaction and analysis...
Sunderland AFC transfer news LIVE: 26 February
Last updated: Wednesday, 26 February, 2020, 19:06
- Sunderland left it late to seal a 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town yesterday evening
- Joey Barton gave an extraordinary post-match interview - in which he accused the Black Cats of 'soaking the pitch'
- Phil Parkinson was disappointed with a lacklustre opening ten minutes
Have you just about recovered from the drama of last night?
We're back at Echo Towers bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after that dramatic draw with Fleetwood Town, and we'll bring you the latest reaction to that result throughout the day...
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Phil Parkinson offers his take on the result and performance
Phil Parkinson hailed his Sunderland players for snatching a crucial point against Fleetwood Town, but admitted he would reflect on a poor start to the game ahead of another crucial clash at Coventry City.
“It took a long time and I'm disappointed with the start, I've got to be honest with you.
“I thought we were lackadaisical first ten minutes and gave a team who came with a clear gameplan the opportunity to implement that in terms of taking the sting out of the game, timewasting etc, getting behind the ball."
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Joey Barton had plenty to say last night
“Six minutes stoppage time usually means six minutes stoppage time, but not today. We’re disappointed, but we dust ourselves down and go again.
“You have to give Sunderland credit, they kept fighting and pushing.
“The fanbase drive them on, and they got their rewards. They’re trying as hard as we are to win a football match, and sometimes it doesn’t go your way, but it’s interesting for me to see Sunderland fans celebrating in the manner they did after drawing at home to Fleetwood Town.”
Phil Parkinson full of praise for the Sunderland support
“Every game is a different challenge for the players and also the supporters.
“Recently we've been leading games early, comfortable in the end against Bristol Rovers, this was a different challenge and they stayed right with us.
“I thank them for that.”
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Mark Robins fires a warning to Sunderland
Mark Robins believes that the ‘sky is the limit’ for his Coventry City side – and has warned Sunderland that his squad have the mentality of champions as the promotion-chasing duo prepare to lock horns.Coventry City will play a behind closed doors friendly today [Wednesday] as they continue to prepare for the visit of Sunderland.