"Growing into the leader", "Going to be massive for us" - Sunderland fans on new boys after 'average' Ipswich win

Sunderland's win over Ipswich was an essential one in the club's strive for automatic promotion. It came just 8 days after the January transfer window closed. How much of a contribution did the new lads have?

by GMac88 Monday, 10 February 2020 09:04 PM Comments

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Bailey Wright was the only new signing to find his name in the first 11 and it would be Sunderland's second clean sheet in three games with the Australian at the heart of the defensive three. That said, defeat against Portsmouth was only the second time a Phil Parkinson led Sunderland side conceded more than one goal in the league.

Ipswich started Saturday's game on the front foot. They pressed us hard, and quickly, causing all sorts of problems for the defensive line. In truth, the clean sheet was as much down to Ipswich's lacklustre display in front of goal as anything else, particularly during a twenty minute spell early in the game which saw chance after chance squandered by the visitors. 

We all know how the game turned on its head in the second period, where Ipswich looked leggy and Sunderland eventually found the winner.

In our Player Ratings, WAW readers awarded the team an average rating of just 6.4, which is fairly low considering the magnitude of the win. The back five scored slightly above average, 6.58, with Wright joint top with Jordan Willis as the most impressive defensive performers with a rating of 7.1. This puts both just behind man of the match, and match winner, Chris Maguire - who scored a 7.2. Here's what our readers had to say about the new boys.


On Bailey Wright (7.1)


Making a good partnership with Willis, reads the game well, really should have scored from Humes pass second half. - Tom


Played very well winning most of his headed duels. Passed the ball well today. - Baxter


Slow start but grew into the leader we needed him to be in second half - Bethany B


On Kyle Lafferty (6.3)


Only on for a short time looks twice the player Wyke is - Roger Stokell


Going to be massive for us between now and end of season - Dave Coombs


Looks to be another non scoring centre forward but at least he looks like he can win headers and hold the ball up - Dale Robson


On Josh Scowen

Scowen didn't play, but that didn't stop a few our reader's mentioning him. Both central midfielders came in for a little bit of stick, and both had a comment or two referencing the only permanent signing in January who is waiting patiently for his opportunity!


Hardly touched the ball. Don't see why they brought in Scowen if he is not going to play - Dave


Captain Clueless , why buy a Championship CM and play this gonk ? #Baffling - Agent Ashleys Bank Account


Full ratings;

Maguire (7.2), Wright (7.1), Willis (7.1), Gooch (6.6), O'Nien (6.6), Flanagan (6.4), Lafferty (6.3), McLaughlin (6.3), Dobson (6.1), Wyke (5.8), Power (5.8), Hume (5.7).