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Fan Letters: How do Sunderland get the most from Charlie Wyke, and does Watmore do enough?

RR reader Anthony has some gripes about how Sunderland set out to play, whilst Sam disagrees with a previous fan letter about Stewart Donald. Got something to say? Why don’t you email us - we’ll publish it! Send to:!

Sunderland v Doncaster Rovers - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

Looking back at Friday’s game against Donny and having a conflab with the bloke who sits next to me, we are in agreement on the following.

Watmore has bags of pace but no idea how to use it - if you’re running at a defender at pace, why not drop the shoulder, put the defender off balance, and waltz around him? He is making runs for the ball but our midfield man can’t see it. Why not produce a Terry Hibbitt-style ball that was right up Malcolm Macdonald’s street?

Wyke, plowing a lone furrow - no one gets near him to help him out. From the limited time Lafferty was on, his hold up play and headers were directed at a team mate - we reckon he should be starting ahead of Wyke.

Headers in general - if we are heading the ball out under pressure, can we not try to head the ball to one of our men instead of what normally happens? It nearly always ends up at the feet of the opposition. The same goes for just hoofing the ball out - try and hoof to one of our players instead!

As mentioned many times before, our midfield seem to be sitting to deep. Come on man, Parky (or his sidekick) - tell them to get further up the pitch to support our lone man.

One more - O’Nien made the wrong decision late on.

He should have had a go, instead of the pass that went nowhere.

Anthony (50 Years a Red & White)

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Watmore will go down as one of the most frustrating Sunderland players of all time. He’s got bags of enthusiasm and energy, but sadly his footballing ability is lacking. Technically he’s one of our worst players - his first touch, ability to take on his man and beat them, his finishing and his passing just aren’t good enough. I just want to see him use a trick every so often when he tries to beat someone - not too much to ask, is it?

I think one of the big changes we’ve made recently has been in getting players close to Charlie Wyke, though we didn’t really see it to any great effect on Friday night.

Doncaster made it difficult for us to enact our game plan because they pressed us high and were incredibly hard to break down. We won’t face many teams with the fitness and organisational levels that Donny have this season - we just have to write it off.

Sunderland v Doncaster Rovers - Sky Bet League One Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

[Re: Fan Letters, 25/01/2020]

Well Brian, that was a long defence on behalf of Stewart Donald. The one thing you did not mention and the root of fans anger, is the misuse of our parachute money. Just to make it clear, this is my gripe with the owner. You state he has been consistent in what he has done but that just is not true.

You never touched on that Stewart Donald has used the club’s parachute payments to pay for some, if not all of his shares. He has been asked if he intends to repay this money and said “no, it will all even itself out”. Surely this has to concern you?

There are so many other contradictions attributed to SD & CM and all are well documented by using Google. He will reap many millions, thanks to our parachute money, when he sells up. He has a moral duty to pay back every penny of the parachute money he has used in the purchase of our club. I hope he makes millions, good luck to him, but after he’s repaid SAFC the parachute money he used for his personal gain.

This money was given for the sole benefit of helping SAFC, not Stewart Donald.


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