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ROKER ROUNDUP: ‘Outstanding’ - Sunderland prospect proving he’s one of League Two’s top players

Sunderland and England midfielder Elliot Embleton is proving his worth out on loan at Grimsby in League Two - and has been credited as a major reason why their form has turned around.

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Embleton stars in Grimsby win

Elliot Embleton continues to shine on loan at League Two outfit Grimsby Town as he helped the Mariners continue their unbeaten run in October with a 1-0 home win over Colchester United.

Grimsby were struggling before Embleton came into the side but have kept four consecutive clean sheets this month as they have picked up three wins and one draw in the league.

Wes Thomas scored the winner for the hosts - who named an unnamed starting XI for the fourth consecutive game - in the 65th minute.

Embleton was substituted in the 89th minute and came off to a standing ovation from the home crowd.


Ross on his Sunderland philosophy

Sunderland have won their last three games, all of which were difficult away games, 1-0 last night at Doncaster Rovers, 2-0 at Shrewsbury Town at the weekend and 2-1 at Bradford City before the international break.

All three have been won despite the side not being at their best in terms of football but the team has shown more understanding of the type of game they need to get to grips with in League One if they are to be promoted this season.

Jack Ross has been speaking about the team getting to grips with those problems in an interview with the Coaches Voice.

Ross was asked whether his philosophy has changed since joining Sunderland and his reply gave an insight into our recent away performances:

It’s definitely been a period of learning for me. I took guidance from those that have worked in League One, so I had an understanding of it to a degree but you don’t get a proper feel for it until you’re facing games week in, week out. The challenge has been very different.

I’ve found it very difficult to predict what we’ll face on a weekly basis, not just in systems and shape but sometimes in the level of performance from the opposition has just taken me by surprise.

Probably, I’ve got to understand a bit better about the physicality. I don’t just mean that in terms of stature, I just mean how aggressive teams are, how they press and how they’ll get after the ball

You can watch the rest of his answer in the Tweet below:

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Generous Gyan

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan may be 32 now but he is still playing, as he currently turns out for Turkish side Kayserispor.

Gyan was surprisingly recalled by the Ghanian national side by manager Kwesi Appiah for the African Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Sierra Leone.

Those matches were subsequently cancelled after Sierra Leone failed to get a FIFA ban overturned but as he was already back home in preperation for those games, Gyan took to the streets to show some generosity.

The striker was filmed handing out money to locals who had mobbed him, while he was stuck in traffic in Accra.

Asamoah Gyan given out some cash to fans

Posted by e.TV Ghana on Monday, October 22, 2018
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