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Match Preview – Shrewsbury Town vs Sunderland AFC: The Black Cats search for back-to-back wins

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Sunderland travel to Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday evening looking for back-to-back League One victories for the first time since mid-October.

Shrewsbury are fighting for survival at the foot of the table as visitors Sunderland sit just outside the play-offs and could move up to 4th with a win. 

The home side have spent large periods of the campaign in the relegation zone. With just four wins from their 17 league matches this season you can see why. They have conceded in five of their last six games but will be hoping for a performance full of defensive steel come Tuesday evening.

The visitors will be eyeing up the midweek fixture against relegation candidates Shrewsbury as a potential catalyst to climb to the top of the table once again.

The side from Shropshire need to bounce back quickly from their 2-1 weekend loss to mid-table Cheltenham. Stability is required If they are to extend their stay in League One to six consecutive seasons, starting with a good result at home on Tuesday evening. 

Victories on the road have been hard to come by for Johnson’s side as Sunderland have lost more away games than they have won so far this campaign. This coupled with their poor record against Shrewsbury makes this fixture a troubling one for the visitors. 

Sunderland have won only one of their previous three trips to New Meadow with Johnson’s squad hoping for better returns come Tuesday night.

Four of their five league defeats this season have come away from the Stadium of Light so the team from Wearside need a big performance to maintain their position near the top of League One. 

The 2-0 home win over Ipswich last Saturday ended a three game losing streak for the Black Cats who are looking for a spark to ignite their season. 

Credit: @Sunderlandafcofficial Instagram – McGeady seals 2-0 win over Ipswich

Sunderland’s attackers have been starved of goals in recent games and have found the net on just four occasions in the previous six fixtures. 

Salop’s form has been hampered partly by issues on the touchline, as Manager Steve Cotterill has just recently returned following Covid-19 complications.

However, given the success over Sunderland in previous years, this fixture might provide a platform for Shrewsbury to build from as they look for improvement on the pitch.

Black Cat boss Johnson has come under increased pressure following his sides recent run of poor results as the Black Cats will be looking to build on their performance last time out. The 40-year-old has been tasked with promotion to the Championship after a painful three year absence. 

Sunderland left it late on Saturday with goals from Luke O’Nien and Aiden McGeady coming in the 85th and 93rd minute respectively – can they use their late momentum to put in a memorable performance tomorrow evening?

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Two late goals for Sunderland at home to Ipswich on Saturday means the team from Wearside can cement their position in the play-off places with a win at New Meadow.

It’s likely that goalscorer McGeady will return to the starting eleven on Tuesday, however the biggest threat comes from elsewhere. 

Ross Stewart will be keen to add to his tally of 10 goals this season in the trip to Shropshire as Sunderland look to win two games on the bounce. 

There are no fresh injury worries for the away side who are able to put out a full strength team for the second game running.

Daniel Udoh’s strike for Shrewsbury on Saturday inside five minutes gave his side the perfect start last time out. However, the early goal was cancelled out by two first half strikes for Cheltenham before half-time.

Shrewsbury’s star man Elliot Bennett saw red midway through the first period which made it hard for Salop to hold onto their lead. 

More importantly, Bennett misses the visit of Sunderland tomorrow evening as Matthew Pennington is likely to slot in at right wing-back, whilst Aaron Pierre takes his place in the back-three. 

Shrewsbury have no pressing injury concerns going into the clash with the Black Cats. 

Form 

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Leading up to this clash, Sunderland:

  • Have failed to emerge victorious at New Meadow in their previous two fixtures.
  • Have lost their last 2 away League One matches.

Potential Line-ups

SAFC:                                                                                                                            STFC:

Potential Shrewsbury team to face Sunderland.

Potential SAFC team to play Shrewsbury

 

Will Sunderland make it two wins on the bounce? Can Johnson’s side make the play-offs this season?

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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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