PP Post Cov

Sunderland, once again, played shit and were very lucky to get a late equaliser, thanks to Benji Kimpioka. Phil Parkinson said: “It was a big moment for us. I am delighted for Benji and the team, over the balance of the game we deserved something from it, the goal just wouldn’t come. It was a calm finish; he backs himself and it is a confident finish. He is a confident lad anyway, since I have been here, the limited time training with him, he is starting to show more end product. When I first came in there was a lot of step-overs. If we had a seven a side in training, how many shots can you get away and goals can you score? He is working at that. It was a calm finish from him and he will feel ten foot tall tonight. First half at times we were the masters of our own downfall with some careless passing and gave the ball away cheaply. At other periods we played well and switched it quickly. Even their goal, it was a poor moment from us, a back pass which resulted in a corner. I was pleased we kept going, showed bravery to keep playing and that is really important. We went a goal down at home, had some pressure on us because of the cups. But no one shied away from receiving the ball, the moment came for us and the team’s effort and bravery to keep playing deserved that moment.”

The manager also gave a fitness update on Jordan Willis. “Jordan has a problem with his knee, he has had that injection in it. When he stretched to clear the ball, he felt it go a bit. It is a concern for us but equally Flanno came on and did really well, he was composed and athletic. Alim [Ozturk] can count himself unlucky not to get on but I just felt Flanno’s extra mobility was important to our game against their front players.”

George Dobson picked up his fifth yellow of the season against Coventry and will serve a one-game ban against Burton Albion on Tuesday night. Parkinson added: “With Dobbo getting that yellow, games come thick and fast, Tuesday, would we freshen it up anyway? There are some players chomping for an opportunity. Conor [McLaughlin] comes back in and that releases Luke O’Nien further up the pitch, we have other options. George for me is going to be a very good young player, at times, he was a little bit careless in possession but he kept going and typified the team - it didn’t go all our own way but we kept showing and trying to do the right things.”