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Preview – Sunderland AFC vs Ipswich Town: Johnson looks to end losing streak

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Sunderland welcome 9th place Ipswich to the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon in a top-half clash and would love to put an end to the bad results.

The Black Cats go into the fixture in poor form having lost three league games in a row and are without a win in their last six games. Defeats to Charlton, Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday mean that Sunderland have dropped down to 7th position.

Manager Lee Johnson has come under increased pressure from fans but has urged them to remain patient and trust the process. The visit of The Blues is a must-win for the home side. The team from Wearside continue to drop down the table and sit 8 points behind leaders Plymouth Argyle. Clearly, they are in desperate need of improvement on the pitch. 

Sunderland were at the top of the table just a few weeks ago and will be hopeful they can still achieve promotion to the Championship with a large part of the season remaining. With an extensive injury list in previous weeks, it has been tough to get a good run together.

 

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Ipswich head into Saturday’s match off the back of their FA Cup Replay victory over Oldham. Paul Cook’s side are in decent form and have lost just one of their last seven League One fixtures. However, the home side have not lost a league tie against Ipswich Town in their previous four meetings.

The team from Suffolk have scored more goals than any other side this season with a goals for tally of 34 so far. Their Goal-Difference sits at +9 and despite conceding a large number of goals this campaign, manager Paul Cook will be hoping his defence can replicate their last two matches which have ended with a clean sheet. 

Ipswich can move within a point of the North East giants with their first Stadium of Light victory since 2018. The crunch game kicks off at 15:00pm on Saturday and starts off an important week for Ipswich who take on third-placed Rotherham at Portman Road on Tuesday.

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For Sunderland, top scorer Ross Stewart has been in training ahead of the clash on Saturday after being monitored for a shoulder injury. Manager Johnson has revealed the striker has been given injections to lighten the load and should be fit to feature from the start. Stewart has been in great form since signing for the Black Cats in January and carries a large threat for Sunderland going forward. 

Nathan Broadhead and Lynden Gooch both made comeback’s in last week’s Papa John’s Trophy fixture with Bradford City. Ex-Norwich man Alex Pritchard has shaken off his neck problem. Aiden McGeady is back from serving his one-match ban following his sending off against Rotherham United and is expected to feature in the starting 11.

Denver Hume and Leeds united loanee Niall Huggins are set to be out until 2022 and remain out of contention. 

Ipswich manager Paul Cook has no fresh injury worries and is expected to recall some of his regular first-team players after a number of them were rested for the FA Cup game last time out. Hayden Coulson remains a doubt while Central Midfielder Captain Sam Morsy is one yellow-card away from suspension. 

Form:

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Potential line-ups:

SAFC: Hoffmann (GK), Winchester, Flanagan, Doyle, Cirkin, Evans, Neil, Embleton, Pritchard, McGeady, Stewart.

ITFC: Wilson (GK), Donacien, Nsiala, Edmundson, Clements, Evans, Morsy (C), Burns, Celina, Edwards, Bonne.

What are your pre-match thoughts? Who would make your starting 11 for this crunch match?

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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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