World News – GB – Sunderland AFC News RECAP: Transfer and injury news from Phil Parkinson’s press conference ahead of Portsmouth clash


We’ll have the latest squad and injury news ahead of the League One game, with Sunderland aiming to extend their undefeated start to the 2020-21 Campaign

Sunderland have also recorded five straight clean sheets in the league and will also aim to extend that record when Kenny Jackett under pressure brings his team from Pompey to Wearside

Hello and welcome to our Sunderland AFC live blog, Phil Parkinson meets the press this afternoon before the visit to Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon

Phil Parkinson has a welcome defensive headache ahead of Portsmouth visit, with Jordan Willis and Dion Sanderson both expected to be in contention

The Black Cats have recorded five straight clean sheets in Ligue 1 despite playing with a makeshift defense in recent weeks following injuries and suspensions

Willis and new signing Sanderson both missed a 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night as Parkinson’s reshaped defense including Luke O’Nien and Conor McLaughlin kept a fresh clean sheet

There was an added bonus for the Black Cats, as Tom Flanagan was unexpectedly able to take a seat on the bench

Steve Parkin said the Black Cats finally felt that Sanderson, who had trained for the first time with his new teammates on Monday, needed a little more time to acclimatize

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is all too aware of Sunderland’s defensive strength and the challenges it faces

Jackett told The News: « Sunderland has five clean sheets in the league and is up there again

« Nobody really expected anything different They were going to be one of the teams to beat and compete this year if you want to get promoted

« No wonder they started off very, very well Sunderland / Pompey is still such a big game

« We have to play our own game As we watch the opposition I think we have to focus on ourselves – and we think we are capable of scoring goals against anyone

« We have to believe in ourselves and make sure we’re going to play our own game »

Accrington has announced that this weekend’s Sky Bet League One game against Bristol Rovers has been postponed after eight Stanley players tested positive for the coronavirus

Accrington said the eight players are now self-isolating while two staff members have also been affected

Stanley, seventh in Ligue 1, was due to host the 10th ranked Rovers at the WHAM stadium on Saturday

A club statement read: « This weekend’s Sky Bet League One game between Accrington Stanley and Bristol Rovers has been suspended and will not take place on Saturday as planned

« Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases within Accington Stanley’s team and the requirement for players and staff to subsequently self-isolate as directed by the ‘EFL and government club informed EFL they were unable to complete this weekend’s game

« Eight Stanley players have tested positive and are isolating themselves, one staff member has tested positive while another staff member is already self-isolating »

I think there will be two or three teams that are pretty good and that are up there and include Sunderland in that They were superior to us that night, but for the rest so far the league was really very interesting

A little over a year after moving to Sunderland, things are not going quite as planned for Donald Love

The 25-year-old has only played five minutes in the 2020/21 campaign after falling down the pecking order at Shrewsbury Tow

But manager Sam Ricketts says there is nothing sinister behind Love’s absence, and says he’s simply fallen out of favor – with the ball now in the player’s court if he wants to. force his return to the team

Ricketts told the Shropshire Star: « They [Love and his teammate Sean Goss] are just in disgrace. Football is kind of like that and they find themselves there by the minute

« We will all be done, you just have to put your head down, work hard and wait for an opportunity. If a problem arises, it’s up to you to practice well and we’ll take it from there »

His best position is the left back winger We are looking for someone for this position to add some competition He is really hungry and wanting him I think he will be a good addition

You still want to win more convincingly, but we dominate the games A lot of the reasons for the clean sheets is that we’re in the ascendant I think at some point we’re going to score four or five goals

I think they will be in and around the top six this season Obviously, games against your rivals can have a big impact

We move away from « We are Sunderland, we should win this game » We only win when we deserve it We keep beating the drums about it Sunderland’s name and size of the stadium don’t win games from Sunderland – as we do

Lynden did a good job He created two goals for us and seems like a threat He enjoys the role right now but knows there is competition He has the desire to do well

We always look at the chances created and we’re right up there I really feel like sooner or later we’ll score a lot more goals Home games that we really dominated and deserved more goals When they didn’t come as freely as you want, you need to make sure the point count keeps increasing – and that’s what we do

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