Phil Parkinson was delighted to see Chris Maguire’s late winner fly in after a disappointing first half display against Ipswich. We’re now back in the play-off spots with Rochdale to play on Tuesday.
Parkinson said: “They are a good team Ipswich, we knew they would come with some response to heavy defeat at home, they started quick, we were slow and we spoke about it at half-time. We wanted to speed it up, get Ipswich on the back foot, play with more forward momentum and we felt there would be only one winner. Eventually the goal came. It was a tremendous finish from Chris, he has the calmness you need and that quality in those areas, he is tremendous in those situations and what you need to separate tight games. I am pleased the chances feel to him. He is clinical in those areas. You need to take points off your rivals, we knew it was difficult today. I am so pleased the way we got stronger as the game went on. We were excellent second half. Last week did it knock confidence? No. But we looked at why we didn’t get the victory, analysed, without making too big a thing about it. And we moved on quickly. I felt we did that. We weren’t at our best against Portsmouth, circumstances contributed to that.”
Parkinson went for two upfront late on to push for the win and was happy he did! “It was a difficult call because I felt the shape of the team was working well, we were causing them a lot of problems and we looked the team that was going to win it,” said Parkinson. “I felt with 12 minutes to go, Laff’s physicality with Wyke I just felt would give them something else to think about. Sometimes those decisions work for you and sometimes they don’t. Kyle was a little lucky not to start, Charlie had a shoulder issue but he was desperate to play. That’s the kind of character we need. Laff was in the team shape yesterday, he showed the right attitude to give us a lift. Against a tired team, to throw someone with Laff’s physicality at the top end of the pitch is great weapon to have from the bench.”
SUNDERLAND (3-4-2-1): McLaughlin; Wright, Willis, Flanagan; O’Nien, Dobson, Power, Hume (Lafferty 79); Gooch (C McLaughlin 90), Maguire; Lafferty. Subs (not used): Burge (gk), Ozturk, Watmore, Scowen, Semenyo.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-2-3-1): Holy 7; Donacien 6 (Earl 78), Wilson 7, Chambers 7, Woolfenden 6, Kenlock 7; Skuse 6, Nolan 6 (Huws 72), Downes 6; Keane 7, Norwood 6 (Jackson 71). Subs (not used): Norris, Judge, Sears, Dozz.