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Match Preview – Cambridge United vs Sunderland AFC: Johnson’s side look to bounce back after disappointing draw with 10-man Shrewsbury

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Credit: @Cambridgeunited instagram - Cambridge are set for the visit of Sunderland to Abbey Road on Saturday...

Sunderland face a challenging trip to Cambridge on Saturday in search of an instant response following their disappointing 1-1 draw last time out.

The Black Cats have four points from their last two league games but performances left a lot to be desired.

Johnson’s side remain in the play-off places by a point but have fallen five points behind table toppers Rotherham. Having dropped a few places in recent weeks, fans are becoming frustrated as the club have been stuck in League One for three seasons.

The 40-year-old faces a team close to his heart as he grew up on the terraces at Abbey Road but there is little room for sentiment as his side continue to lose ground on the top-two.

Sunderland hunt for much needed win…

The Black Cats will be desperate to win on Saturday and gain some much-needed momentum in their push for promotion.

The visitors have taken just four points from an available 15 in their last five games. The pressure is on Johnson and his team to get all three points at the Abbey Stadium come 3pm.

The home side find themselves 15h in League One with 23 points – winning 4, drawing 8 and losing 6 in their 19 league matches. 

The U’s have picked up 7 points from the last 5 games and come into the game after their well-fought midweek 2-2 draw with Wigan despite finding themselves 2-0 up.

Before that, Cambridge had lost two games on the bounce and shipped 7 goes in the process. However, they are unbeaten in four home league games before this one.

Despite being unbeaten in their last five football league games with Sunderland, the last time these two met was back in January 1993 – the game tomorrow is the first meeting between the two sides in 28 years.

Mark Bonner’s side were promoted from League Two this season and have a decent record given the step up in quality. They’ve had a productive return as their performances have shown they’re capable of competing against anyone in the division.

United will have to put up an impressive display at home on Saturday if they are to get anything from the game with many pundits’ promotion favourites Sunderland.

However, Sunderland have been in woeful form recently and go into the fixture under intense pressure to perform and claim a vital victory. 

Form

SAFC – W L L L W D

Cambridge United – D W W L L D

League One table as it stands…

Team News

Lee Johnson says SAFC face injury ‘challenges’ going into the away trip against Cambridge on Saturday. Johnson has an injury list of 7-8 players for the clash. He’s in desperate need of a win with the pressure growing on his position as manager. 

Aiden McGeady is out for 8-12 weeks with a knee injury as confirmed in the press conference this morning.

Denver Hume remains doubtful.

Luke O’Nien is in discussion with medical staff surrounding his persistent shoulder injury which may keep him out of the trip to Cambridge. Dennis Cirkin remains out for a number of weeks as he undergoes a double hernia operation.

Youngsters Cieran Dunne and Will Harris are amongst the matochday squad as Corry Evans is expected to start after making the bench on Tuesday evening following his calf issue. 

For the home side Shilow Tracey faces a race against time to be fit for the clash against Sunderland – manager Bonner hopes the winger can get through the final training sessions of the week to be avayalbe for selection.

Lloyd Jones is back in training following a period on the sidelines but is expected to be left out of the squad on Saturday as he is still a major doubt. 

Leon Davies is a booking away from suspension.

Potential Line-ups

Sunderland AFC (4-2-3-1)

Hoffman (GK)

O’Nien (LB), Wright (CB), Doyle (CB), Gooch (RB)

Evans (CDM), Winchester (CDM)

Broadhead (LM). Pritchard (CAM), O’Brien (RM)

Stewart (ST)

Cambridge United (4-2-3-1)

Mitov (GK)

Dunk (LB), Iredale (CB), Masterson (CB), Williams (RB)

Digby (CDM), Weir (CDM)

Brophy (LM), May (CAM), Smith (RM)

Ironside (St)

Pre-match thoughts? Can Sunderland get back to winning ways? Is Johnson the man to take the Black Cats to promotion?

Join in the conversation and have your say…

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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