Yesterday, Sunderland began their playoff campaign with a lacklustre defeat to the hands of Lincoln. Striker Tom Hopper opened the scoring, tapping in from close range after some pitiful Sunderland defending. Loan star Brennan Johnson put the game beyond doubt after a misunderstanding between Tom Flanagan and Lee Burge.
Sunderland head to Sincil Bank for the first of two semi-final fixtures which will decide who gets to participate in the League One show piece at Wembley on the penultimate day of May.
Another Sunderland game, another emergency goalkeeper drafted in at the 11th hour.
Due to the current restrictions, a wave of red and white failed to ascend the shores of Plymouth for the longest away trip of the season and with recent results going the way that they have, some supporters may be glad of keeping their petrol money in pocket for more inspiring things like alcohol or chocolate.
Blackpool were next up at the Stadium of Light and it had only been a couple of weeks since our last matchup, a game in which we ended up losing 1-0 to an unfortunate deflection despite having a large majority of the positive play throughout.
The Tangerines travel up to Wearside to take on Sunderland in what is shaping up to be a pivotal clash which could impact both clubs end of season aspirations.
It’s been less than a month since we played Accrington Stanley and hasn’t a lot changed. We were crowned Pizza Cup champs the weekend before we played them for the first time this season and our promotion charge was in full force, nobody could see us losing and although the game itself was a frustrating one, it was never in doubt when we found the lead.
Just over a week ago this was viewed as potentially one of the most important Sunderland games in recent memory but unfortunately, we all know why it hadn’t turned out that way.
On Saturday, Sunderlands automatic promotion hopes slipped away as they were beaten by a subpar Blackpool side. Previous summer transfer target Luke Garbutt scored the only goal. Here are the 1 Good and 2 Bad.
It’s usually a fixture that’s highlighted on the calendars of Sunderland supporters from day one whenever we find ourselves in the same league as Blackpool but unfortunately due to the current restrictions we had to suffer the disappointment of defeat in this game without the beach, beer, tower and amusements to numb the agony of being witness to Sunderland’s third league defeat in a row.