Sunderland fan blog: Lee Johnson needs to motivate SAFC squad quickly if they are to win promotion via play-offs

The Sky Bet League One play-offs look like Sunderland’s realistic destination once again, as a three-match winless run has altered their promotion course.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 9:10 pm
Sunderland were beaten at Blackpool.

With only one point in their last 12 on offer, Lee Johnson needs to re-motivate his side, and quickly, if they want any chance of competing in the play-offs.

Hull and Peterborough are leading the way for automatic promotion – results consistently go their way and can find a way back into the match when behind.

That was shown on Saturday, when from one-goal down (and may have been two-down if it wasn’t for a controversial offside call), Hull were able to claim three points against Fleetwood Town at the KCOM Stadium.

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It completely opposed Sunderland’s predicament on the seaside at Blackpool. There is no doubt that Blackpool will be in the play-off positions come May, and could potentially have a re-run of this clash in the four-team shootout.

If that does happen, Sunderland will hope that luck is on their side; for example Aiden McGeady’s shot that cannoned the post just before the Tangerines took the lead will hopefully result in a goal.

In truth, it’s these fine margins that have consequently resulted in Sunderland’s dip in form – chances fell to Charlie Wyke and Jordan Jones in matches against Charlton and Wigan but were denied by a combination of great goalkeeping and tight margins.

During the play-offs next month, Sunderland will be hopeful that these small things swat in their favour: otherwise it’s another season in League One.

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