After an emphatic 3-0 away victory to Burton Albion, the lads welcome Fleetwood Town to the Stadium of Light for a 7pm kick off. But how will the game go?
I was joined by Ben Knapman, also known as Cods Vlogs, on SAFC Fan TV, here’s what he had to say...
Joey Barton has recently left his position as manager, why?
“I felt he needed to leave for his own good and our own good at the end of the year. It wasn’t really the results, the performances were slipping and a couple of things had gone on, such as leaving out one of the best goal keepers in the league (in my opinion).”
What do you make of the new manager: Simon Grayson?
“Looking at his past clubs, such as Sunderland. One thing I always ask myself is whose done well at Sunderland since Sam Allardyce? He didn’t do very well, but did Chris Coleman really do any better? He’s been here 4 games now, Grayson. We’ve changed formation to a back three and look better, the only thing is it’s the same tactics every game and we’re gonna get figured out; balls down the side and crosses into the box is ok for a while, but let’s see how long it lasts.”
What are your main strengths?
“Defensively, we’re really good. We are starting to create more chances now, but we just need to convert them. Paddy Madden and Vessel are looking better, the midfield are looking stronger.”
Where do you see Fleetwood finishing?
“Mid-table I’d take, now. Even when we were winning we were inconsistent.”
Defensively, Sunderland are still lacking options, meaning Lee Johnson will be forced to playing players out of position again, which didn’t work out too badly against Burton in all fairness! Wright and Flanagan are still out, but McFadzean should return. Minutes for Scowen and Winchester towards the end of Saturday’s win disproved any concerns over their fitness or injuries, so appear to be available for Tuesday evening; the manager has many options for midfield rotation.
Given what Ben said, a way to stop the Cod Army may be to man-mark their wing-backs (Danny Andrew on the left and Jonai Dondacien on the right, usually) to block their crosses which aim for the aforementioned Madden and Vassell. Having only conceded three in their four games under Grayson, Wyke and McGeady should look forward to the challenge.
Given the Lancashire side’s recent poor form, I expect us to finally get the better of them and pip them to a 2-0 victory, a result which would see us defeat another bogey team...