Player Ratings & Comments: Midfielders return to lead Sunderland back to winning ways

Sunderland returned to winning ways against a dogged Gillingham side and with other results going in our favour, we're just four points off automatic promotion with a game in hand. 

by GMac88 Monday, 02 November 2020 01:12 PM Comments

Gills Win Sunderland blog

It was a much improved performance after the last two games with the Lads fairly comfortable throughout. It remains concerning that we could not break Gillingham until they went down to ten men after what can only be described as assault from Alex MacDonald. And even the initial breakthrough was via the penalty spot, cooly converted by substitute Chris Maguire. Let's not fail to mention Lee Burge's penalty save before both of those events, which was arguably the biggest moment of the game.

Lynden Gooch's excellent solo counter-attack made the dying minutes more comfortable, and in the end we have to put this down as a competent performance by Phil Parkinson's men. It is a win in keeping with most of the season, discounting the last two games.

Parkinson made some changes in the aftermath of those games. Loanee Dion Sanderson was dropped in favour of Conor McLaughlin starting in the back three, and what followed suit was a clean sheet. I'm not sure how much that influenced the game, and perhaps bigger influences were the returns of Josh Scowen and Grant Leadbitter into the midfield, with the disappointing Max Power relegated to the bench.

We said rating last Tuesday's draw with Rochdale was the last opportunity to influence our first Player of the Month(s) for September and October...and turns out we can't read calendars. Halloween's hard-fought victory over ten-man Gillingham really is the last chance, with our round up feature starting on Thursday allowing for us to digest on tomorrow's huge game at the Stadium of Light against Ipswich.

 

 

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