Phil Parkinson met the press following the 0-0 with Donny and gave his thoughts on the performance. “First half we were 100 miles an hour without and with the ball, second half we added composure, got in some great positions couldn’t find a goal. Credit to Doncaster, they stiffened up the midfield area, we just needed to add that composure and we got some fantastic positions. They did defend well. Very solid and resolute in everything they did, but equally I thought we concentrated at the back very well. We have to make sure the back door is shut and we don’t lose it, the concentration levels were great by our men at the back. We go into a big week for us now on the road with a point. We had good elements to our play, in that first period when we were not at best, we had to make sure we defend properly and we restricted them. I thought the ref was poor to start, that was my assessment of the first twenty minutes, Charlie’s booking was a strange call, but after that he did OK.”

The Sunderland manager also gave a transfer window update: “We are working towards a couple more additions,” said Parkinson. “If we get the ones we want then great, if not we will stick with what we have got. We have players like Tom Flanagan and Ethan Robson who did not make the 18 tonight, obviously Will Grigg too. Ideally, we will get them in soon and will try to get a couple more in before the Tranmere game because we will travel down to Portsmouth towards the end of the week, working again and see where it takes us.”

Most of the players are in over the weekend, during which time PP will be looking to improve the sharpness of Kyle Lafferty and Bailey Wright. “It is important for Kyle. He is getting stronger by the day,” said Parkinson. “We will have a practice match Saturday for a lot of the lads out of the team, 11 v 11, in training, a lot of players like Kyle and Bailey will figure in that game and that is important. I wanted to include Bailey Wright because he can cover all three across the back. It was a tough call. I can only pick 18. We have a busy week coming up. We knew the situation if Tranmere got through in the FA Cup. Look, over Christmas we went games within two or three days of each other. We have players who have not played that much so they play tomorrow in preparation of this week when they could be needed. It is not ideal to travel like we are going to, we have questioned the decision and we will have to deal with it.”