Cup Glory Beckons!

Assistant manager James Fowler has been chatting about the Checkatrade Trophy game against Notts County tonight at the Stadium of Light. “It is an opportunity for us to freshen things up a little bit,” he said. “We have got one or two players coming back from injury will help the squad. It’s good for them because it’s an opportunity to play. It’s another competition but we want to keep winning. There is a lot of momentum and a feel-good factor around the club and we want to continue that this evening. It’s important for us but we will make some changes tomorrow night. We expect to win the game, that comes with the demands of being at this club. It is an opportunity for players who haven’t had much game time recently to keep topping them up. We believe we have got good players within the squad, within the under-23s so we need to make sure we show that on Tuesday.”

In other news, Aiden McGeady has been slagging off ex-boss Chris Coleman's tactics and management style in the new Netflix documentary Sunderland Til I Die. McGeady said: "If a player keeps making the same mistake, show them the mistake they are making. I've had managers before who come in and go crazy. He just kind of comes in and it's, 'We could have done this better, right, sound, move on'. It's just kind of an acceptance of, 'That's OK'. You come into training a couple of days later and everyone is laughing and joking and we've just been beaten 3-0 at home. I'd never played in a 4-3-3 before so I was a bit unsure of what to do when I didn't have the ball. We have no chance of winning a game with that system - almost impossible to win it."

McGeady also spoke about Coleman's treatment of Lewis Grabban. "Even if you don't like Grabbs as a person, but you know he's valuable to the team because he's scored 12 goals - manage the player. I think the manager thought that Grabbs was disposable and we'd get someone else in who could do the same job, but that never happened."

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