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Roker Roundup: League Two side feeling loss of Sunderland loanee - will he sign a new contract?

Grimsby Town are feeling the loss of England U20 midfielder Elliot Embleton, who is injured after enjoying a successful season. Will he sign a new Sunderland contract before his deal expires in the summer?

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Poyet to Mexico?

Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been much travelled since leaving Wearside with spells in Greece (AEK Athens), Spain (Real Betis), China (Shanghai Shenhua) and France (Bordeaux) - and the Uruguayan may now head to Mexico next.

According to Mexican journalist David Medrano, the 51-year-old is under consideration by Liga MX side Chivas after they sacked Paraguayan Jose Saturnino Cardozo.

The report claims that the Mexican’s side board of directors are interested in Poyet and the club’s sporting director Mariano Varela took advantage of a recent trip to Europe to investigate the possibility of bringing Poyet on board.

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Grimsby missing Embleton

League Two Grimsby Town have been struggling of late, with the Mariners on an eight game winless streak, a run which has seen them fail to find the net in their last four games.

Town manager Michael Jolley, attributes some of that loss of form down to the injury of on-loan Sunderland midfielder Elliot Embleton.

Jolley says the youngster was pivotal as to how his team played:

Goals clearly have been an issue consistently over a long period of time at this football club.

There are two ways you can solve that, and we need to think very carefully about how it is we’re going to score enough goals to be a more competitive team at this level.

I think Elliot Embleton was pivotal to the team during the period when we were creating and scoring a lot of goals, and I think his absence is a big loss to us.

He was an important part of the team in terms of being creative and creating chances, and clearly he’s not with us at the moment.

Embleton is still yet to sign a new contract with Sunderland, something which has frustrated manager Jack Ross who wants to see both Denver Hume and the Grimsby loanee tied down as soon as possible.

And when you see just how important he’s been to Grimsby’s cause it’s not hard to understand why getting these lads to agree new deals should be a priority - or we risk losing them for nothing to similarly or higher placed teams.

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Loan roundup

Ethan Robson started for Dundee and almost broke the deadlock for the home side with a well struck effort that rebounded off the post just before the break but Aberdeen scored two second half goals to take all three points back to Pittodrie.

Luke Molyneux played 90 minutes for Hartlepool United in their 1-0 home defeat by Tim Flowers’ Solihull Moors.

The Sunderland forward had a couple of chances during the game for Pools but the visitors dominated the first half and despite the home side coming into it in the second, Solihull won it thanks to Adi Yussuf.

In the National League North, fourth placed Spennymoor Town surprisingly lost 3-0 at relegation threatened, with all three goals coming in the space of five minutes before the 20 minute mark.

Jack Diamond played a little under an hour before being replaced and Sunderland academy product Jamie Chandler was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of a minute with 20 minutes remaining.

Alloa Athletic won 2-1 away to Falkirk with Connor Shields starting. Dario Zanatta gave Alloa the lead in the 39th minute and, despite Zak Rudden equalising straight after the half-time break, the visitors won it late on through Jordan Kirkpatrick.

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