Donald returns to Roker Rapport
Sunderland AFC owner Stewart Donald returns to the Roker Rapport Podcast studios this afternoon, his first appearance since just after the transfer window closed at the beginning of September.
As it’s been nearly two months since we last caught up with him there will be a lot to cover - including behind the scenes details of Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji’s departures from the club, Juan Sartori running for president of Uruguay, the team flying on the pitch and much, much more.
We’ll be recording the podcast around midday and hope to have it with you by late afternoon/early evening. All the details on how to listen and subscribe to Roker Rapport are below, but for more up to date information on the show and when it’ll be live, you should follow us on Twitter - @RokerReport - as we’ll be keeping you updated there.
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Max Stryjek kept another clean sheet for Eastleigh as they won 1-0 away to Halifax Town.
The Polish goalkeeper was a doubt before the match due to illness but had recovered enough to take his place between the sticks for the first time since he extended his loan spell at The Spitfires until December.
Josh Hare’s second half header was enough to separate the sides in what was a tight affair, with Stryjek barely troubled in the visitor’s goal.
Elliot Embleton kept his place in the starting line-up for Grimsby Town but they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra. The Sunderland loanee was taken off with 15 minutes remaining as the visitor’s looked for a way back into the game after Corey Whelan had given Crewe the lead, but it was to no avail as the home side extended their advantage just two minutes later thanks to Shaun Miller.
Luke Molyneux played the final 10 minutes of Gateshead’s National League home win against Aldershot. The Heed won 3-0 and Molyneux almost added a fourth late on but was denied by a smart stop from the visitor’s on loan Hull City goalkeeper Will Mannion.
It was nice to be back in the @SunderlandAFC colours for the day ⚪️ now onto a big week with @GatesheadFC pic.twitter.com/ds9IEEfl4M— Luke Molyneux (@LukeMolyneux3) October 28, 2018
Alloa Athletic drew 0-0 at home to unbeaten Inverness Caledonian Thistle as Connor Shields started up front. Alloa were the better side and could have won it through Shields, Dario Zanatta and Kevin Cawley but the away side hung on for a point.
Finally, Lamine Kone started for 7th placed Strasbourg in their 1-1 draw away to Ligue 1 rivals Guingamp. Nicolas Benezet gave the home side the lead after just 6 minutes but Kone’s side equalised with just two minutes left on the clock thanks to Lucien Kevin Zohi.
Sunderland not an ‘acid test’ for Plymouth
Sunderland take on Plymouth Argyle at the weekend as they look for their sixth successive win in all competitions but, ahead of the fixture, Plymouth’s manager Derek Adams says Sunderland will not be an acid test for his side as they shouldn’t even be in the same division as his side.
Adams believes that it will be an enjoyable afternoon for the home side as they look to keep up their improved form of late, which has seen them win their last two games - 3-1 at home to Gillingham and a 4-1 win at Scunthorpe United at the weekend:
Not really. Sunderland are a team that should be in a higher division, they have come down from the Premier League.
They probably shouldn’t be in League One but they are in League One for whatever reason, it is not a test for us, it is an enjoyable afternoon for us to go and play a team that shouldn’t be in this division.