Phil Parkinson has spoke ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup clash with League 2 Mansfield Town, who are under the new management of Sunderland born gaffer, Nigel Clough – son of the legend that is Brian.
“We’ve got a few injury problems going into the game, so that means there’s going to be some changes, Josh Scowen had concussion so we’ve got to look after him, and Lynden Gooch came off with a tight groin so he’ll miss the weekend. Denver has had an injection in his knee. He’s had an ongoing problem. We needed to get him through the Tuesday game, but we’ll give him a bit of time. Luke O’Nien opened his medial ligament and probably did well to finish the game, so there are a few players out and there’ll be changes. But we’ve got some good players to come in. For most managers, the league is so important, but the FA Cup is the biggest cup competition in England and we’ve got a great tradition in the competition. We want to pay the utmost respect to Mansfield, and we’ll pick a team we feel can get through. Both Danny and Will Grigg are ready to start a game, and they need the minutes as well, going into another busy period coming up. They’ve been great in terms of the way they’ve trained, and they’re both excellent professionals, so yeah, if we decide to go with those two, I’m sure they’ll give a very account of themselves.”