Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Young cats beat Reading Under-23s as Lee Johnson 'targets' 15-goal replacement
Lee Johnson’s side will be hoping to return to winning ways when they face Blackpool tomorrow.
Sunderland followed a 2-2 draw against Hull City with a 3-3 draw with Accrington Stanley at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
The Wearsiders haven’t won since the Good Friday clash against Oxford United, which was followed by draws against the Tigers, Accrington and Peterborough United, plus losses to Charlton, Wigan and Blackpool.
But can Lee Johnson’s men regain any sort of form heading into the play-offs?
The Black Cats were leading 2-0 at the break before a woeful start to the second half let John Coleman's side back into the contest.
Here’s the latest from the Stadium of Light as Johnson’s men prepare to face the Tangerines at the Stadium of Light:
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Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP (April 23)
Last updated: Friday, 23 April, 2021, 15:00
- Lee Johnson’s side will be hoping to return to winning ways when they face Accrington Stanley tomorrow
- Sunderland have fallen seven points behind second-place Peterborough, who also have a game in hand on the Wearsiders
- Lee Johnson is sweating on the fitness of Aiden McGeady who missed the Hull City clash with foot swelling
- Yesterday, the head coach said the attacker is 50-50 for the game against Accrington Stanley
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Sunderland Ladies could be handed a major boost
Sunderland Ladies will be offered the opportunity to apply for promotion to the Women’s Championship for the 2021/22 season, the FA have this afternoon confirmed.
Mel Reay’s side saw their campaign curtailed for the second successive year last month, with the FA initial saying that there would be no promotion to the second tier.
However, they have today announced their intention to promote two teams ahead of the new campaign.
Clubs from the FA WNL Northern Premier (Sunderland’s current division) and the FAW WNL Southern Premier are elgible to apply.
Sunderland have not yet confirmed whether they will apply, but Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman told a supporters’ collective meeting in March that the club wanted to secure a return to the Championship ‘as soon as possible’.
Read more HERE
Arbenit Xhemajli update
Lee Johnson is hopeful that Arbenit Xhemajli could make his Sunderland return in pre-season, and believes the centre-half could have a big future at the club.
Xhemajli was identified by Sunderland last summer as a potential recruit based largely on his impressive statistical returns at Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax.
The 23-year-old was only able to make one appearance for the Black Cats in a 8-1 EFL Trophy win over Aston Villa U21’s before suffering a major ligament injury on international duty with Kosovo.
Johnson had earmarked Xhemajli as a potentially crucial player based on his own research of the Sunderland squad before arriving, and is therefore encouraged to see him making good progress.
Read more HERE
Accrington boss on facing Sunderland
Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman has been speaking ahead of this weekend’s League One clash at the Stadium of Light.
And the 58-year-old former Rochdale boss had some complimentary words for the Black Cats, their fans and head Lee Johnson.
“Going to the Stadium of Light should lift anybody, players of our standard, and possibly that’s why Sunderland have had that problem the last couple of years that people are enthused by going there,” said Coleman.
“Logic says an empty stadium should favour us rather than the home side, but I am not thinking about that. I am thinking how we play against 11 Sunderland players not the very passionate and vociferous Mackems.
“It’s nice to be going to these places like the Stadium of Light but these clubs should be playing higher.”
A lovely story
George Henderson, aged nine, sent a welcome letter to the Black Cats owner and was surprised to receive a lovely reply.