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Pre-match News Roundup: Almost 3000 Mackems expected to make the trip to Hillsborough

In today’s Roundup of the news we take a look at what is being said from both sides going into tonight’s game between Sunderland and Sheff Wed.

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Grayson speaks ahead of Sheff Wed clash

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has been talking to the media as always prior to tonight’s game at Sheffield Wednesday, and he had a few nice things to say about his squad.

The former Leeds boss said:

We have the nucleus of a good squad and they are working hard and buying into the ideas of what we are trying to tell them and they are trusting us as well. Coming into the Championship for a lot of the players is something of an unknown but they have brought into and trust that we know what we are on about. The journey that we have ahead, the pitfalls and being aware of any eventuality.

The players have really bought into what we have done, whether it be in the classroom doing some work with the video or out on the grass, doing the practical work. So far it has been good, we have to keep working and taking it to the next step if we can as quickly as possible.

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Simon Grayson believes in Lewis Grabban. And so do I!
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The manager then went on to compare Jordan Rhodes with Lewis Grabban - stating that they are similar in regards to their predatory instincts. Grabbs has scored 3 goals in his first 2 Championship games - lovely.

Lewis is very much in the category of Jordan Rhodes. He has scored a lot of goals in the Championship and we are really grateful to Bournemouth for allowing him to come.

Him and Vaughan at this moment in time have a good understanding and a good relationship with each other. They do a lot of work. It is always nice for one of your strikers to hit the ground running and with Lewis doing that we are very pleased.

Here’s hoping that the former Norwich hitman can Grabb himself a couple more this evening.

Tickets sold

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The scene for tonight’s game
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Sunderland Supporter Liason Officer, Chris Waters, confirmed this morning on social media that we have sold 2,554 tickets for tonight's game, with more expected to be sold as the day goes on.

That’s a very tidy turnout for midweek fixture, and I’m sure by the time that kick off rolls around tonight that number will edge closer to 3,000 - proving once again how phenomenal our traveling support is. I applaud you all!

Sheff Wed boss Carvalhal doesn’t seem confident

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has also been speaking to the press ahead of tonight’s game, and in his tone you can’t help but feel he’s not feeling particularly confident.

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He fears the lads tonight - cant blame him
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The Owls have yet to win either of their first two games, so victory this evening seems essential, particularly if they are to keep in touch with the early runners in the race towards promotion this season.

The ex-Besiktas coach said:

Sunderland have started well and they are one of favourites to be promoted. We know what to expect because they're strong.

It's not an ideal start but we must live with the reality, solve problems and understand it's the beginning of the marathon. We know exactly where we are and what problems we must solve to win games. We will get stronger and stronger for sure.

Barry Bannan

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Barry Bannan rates Aiden McGeady and has warned his team of the wingers capabilities
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Aiden McGeady spent a spell on loan at Sheffield Wednesday back in the 2015-16 season, playing 13 games - it’s safe to say that the Irishman did not enjoy his time in Yorkshire quite as much as he seems to be enjoying life on Wearside so far.

Scottish midfielder Barry Bannan has reassured the Sheffield Wednesday fans that McGeady is a top player, and that they should all be weary of him tonight:

Aiden is one of the better players in that (Sunderland) team. He makes things happen for them. I watched the Derby game a couple of weeks ago and he was lively. Aiden is a good, good player.

It didn’t happen for him here because it was probably difficult for Aiden. He came at a time when everyone in the starting team was flying. We were winning most games so it was hard for him to break in. There was no doubt about his ability but the people who had the jersey at the time were doing really, really well and kept him out.

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