The latest on how Lee Johnson’s Black Cats are looking to build on their formidable win over Lincoln at AFC Wimbledon tonight
New Black Cats boss Lee Johnson had an impressive first full week in hand, winning at Oldham and, crucially, Lincoln last week.
The 4-0 win at Sincil Bank was a real boost for Sunderland after falling a little off the pace after a disappointing string of results.
Glyn Hodges is bringing his AFC Wimbledon team to Wearside tonight and we will have the latest information.
James Hunter and Matty Hewitt are on site tonight for team news, setup, match action, analysis and reaction.
The Black Cats have had to make a number of changes as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Sunderland fans have been lagging behind the decision to play AFC Wimbledon tonight despite eight first-team players having to be isolated.
The club says it could not come to an agreement with the EFL regarding « the ambiguity about possible sanctions SAFC could face if the game is not complied with. « . «
Matt Brock said, « Get the game on – this is bigger than football and not worth the risk. «
Sunderland AFC will have to forego eight first-team players when they host AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night after a Covid-19 outbreak at the Academy of Light.
After symptoms of a coronavirus appeared on Sunday, an elderly player returned a positive test for Covid-19 and is currently observing an isolation period.
Also, as recommended by the government, seven other first-team players are self-isolating at home – two of whom showed symptoms – after getting anywhere near the person who tested positive.
Given the serious impact this had on the team’s preparations for Tuesday’s game, the club looked into the possibility of postponing the game and had an extensive dialogue with the EFL.
Disappointingly, no agreement could be reached due to a lack of clarity about possible sanctions SAFC could face if the game is not complied with.
The club put in place extensive protocols to protect its players and staff, including the closure of the Stadium of Light and the Academy of Light, following the UK’s first coronavirus outbreak in March.
Since returning to training prior to the 2020-21 season, SAFC has continued to closely follow these comprehensive protocols, following the latest advice and guidance from the government and the EFL.
The club does not name people who are currently self-isolating and asks that their privacy be respected.
Sunderland will be without eight first-team players tonight after a Covid-19 outbreak at the Academy of Light.
Sunderland’s sweeping Lincoln City victory marked an important early milestone in Lee Johnson’s reign because « seeing is believing ».
Since his appointment 10 days ago, Johnson has been talking about the changes he plans to make to the way Sunderland plays, and those tactical improvements bore fruit on Saturday when the Black Cats finished runner-up with Imps 4: 0 defeated at Sincil Bank Give the new head coach his first responsible league win.
Johnson says such a convincing win will help attract players and fans to his methods.
« You have to let the players buy you in, any coach or manager has to develop a relationship with the players and they have to feel like you actually know what you are talking about, » said Johnson.
« And you have to see it happen because to see is to believe whether it’s for the fans or for the players.
« That’s why it was such an important achievement for us, because the guys have now seen how it works, so it’s not just an airy fairy tale talk.
« You have to put this character into action and produce it by the day because once the players cross that white line there is very little a coach can do other than maybe add a little detail from the sidelines. «
« I am very happy that there is a buzz. The fans have to be allowed to do what they want, the fans are the club. If you want to get carried away with the euphoria of a result or a run, then brilliant. If it’s a little more pessimistic, that’s fine too.
« For me, it’s so simple that it’s about the process. I can’t guarantee a score line, but what I should guarantee is a consistency in philosophy. «
« Charlie (Wyke) is a threat when he’s at his best. They’ve turned a little since Lee became manager, but to score two goals and do this well you probably expect him to play so we have to rise to this challenge.
« If he’s not, then you face a lot of threats. They are a good team with a balanced squad, as I can imagine, with one of the largest budgets in the league. They probably shouldn’t be in this league if they’re honest, but we also realize how difficult it is and they will think playing AFC Wimbledon at home is not something that should be taken for granted.
Josh Scowen took an x-ray of the shin injury he sustained over the weekend. Head coach Lee Johnson admitted it could go either way as the medical team assess the scale of the problem.
The midfielder was substituted off in the middle of the second half of Sunderland’s win at Lincoln, and after the game Johnson said Scowen felt « sharp pain » in the muscles on the side of his shin.
If the x-ray reveals a serious problem, there is a concern that Scowen could be out of service for up to four weeks.
But if he gets the all-clear, Johnson says he might still be available for today’s home game against AFC Wimbledon.
That loss to Wigan looks like a long time ago and Sunderland are hoping they can pick up where they left off over the weekend.
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