Sunderland can further cement their place in the League One play-offs with a win over Rochdale. The Lads are in excellent form, losing just once in their last 11 games, and a further three points against one of the league’s struggling sides is a must. Rochdale have never beaten Sunderland in their long history, and continuing that tradition on Tuesday evening would be very much welcome.
Steve Parkin Says...
It’s the business end of the season now. We’re getting there but every game is vital and it starts again tomorrow night. Saturday is gone now and we’ve got to move on and continue picking up points.
They’re [Rochdale] a very good footballing team and they’ve got dangerous forwards. They’re a definite threat, a definite goal threat. We have to respect them and get the crowd right behind us because I don’t think it will be an easy game.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Sunderland but Phil Parkinson will have a decision to make as to whether give a few key players a rest. Joel Lynch is still out after being wellied at Portsmouth, so Tom Flanagan is expected to keep his place in the backline.
View From The Opposition
Aside from delivering the absolute hilarity of 104-year-old Aaron Wilbraham scoring a last-minute equaliser against Newcastle, Rochdale are having the type of season they have every season. After a fairly positive start, eight defeats from nine during November and December, plonked Rochdale in the familiar position of a relegation battle.
Fun fact, Paul McShane now plays for the Dale and full-back Luke Matheson is an actual child.
Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Current position: 18th
Last season position: 15th (League One)
Last 5 results:
L1) Ipswich Town (H) 1-0
(L1) Portsmouth (A) 0-2
(L1) Tranmere Rovers (A) 1-0
(L1) Doncaster Rovers (H) 0-0
(L1) MK Dons (A) 1-0
(L1) Doncaster Rovers (A) 1-1
(L1) Shrewsbury Town (H) 1-0
(L1) MK Dons (A) 1-2
(L1) Gillingham (H) 2-2
(L1) Wycombe Wanderers (A) 1-2
Top goalscorers (in all competitions)
14 - Ian Henderson
8 - Callum Camps
5 - Aaron Morley
4 - Aaron Wilbraham
3 - Stephen Dooley
Last Time We Met
When Rochdale made their maiden voyage to Wearside in the sunny days of 2018, they were served an almighty walloping by the sexy young bucks of Sunderland AFC circa 2018.
A first half blitz had the Lads 3-0 up thanks to Josh Maja (God I miss you, Josh) and Lynden Gooch before adding another in the second half. Rochdale did get a little treat for their long journey back, a consolation from Matt Done.