Dear Roker Report,
I felt it important to write in when we are good as well as bad. The line up was better balanced and the energy produced an exceptional first half in terms of entertainment. Aiden McGeady produced the best half of football that I’ve seen at the SOL for years. Charlie looks a transformed confident forward and we could easily have scored more.
I would have liked the manager to make strategic substitutions that maintained the energy, but he went slow and we lost momentum.
Pleased Burge saved 2 penalties because the end of the game would have been horrendous if he hadn’t.
Why? Surely Johnson will see the need for a high energy side from now on.
Haway the Lads
Peter Laverick (happy)
Ed’s Note [Rich]: Cheers for your letter, Peter. I’m well happy too and totally agree that the high energy shown by Lee Johnson’s side on Saturday was exactly what will be required for the rest of the season. The addition of Grant Leadbitter into the midfield on the hour mark probably did take the sting out of our fast and furious midfield play against Doncaster, but for me, and given the fact that there’d been two goals and a penalty in the preceding 10 minutes, it was probably a sensible decision to try to gain a bit more control in front of the back four.
Dear Roker Report,
Only Sunderland could know and sign a injured striker Ross Stewart, why?
We loan out Grigg to MK Dons, it does not make sense, which now leaves us short in the forward positions. Ross Stewart was signed with a hamstring injury, even I know that could be at least a eight week lay off.
The ineptitude of this club is amazing and laughable signing injured players Mr Speakman what the hell is going on with recruitment?
We are back to square one, would not be surprised if we sign a keeper with a broken arm. Yet again it's bad management, you want a player to come in and make an instant impact, not be out injured for weeks. Johnson has said he will not use free agents we have to. We have a makeshift defence leaking goals, with a lot of injuries its common sense we need cover.
I know if Wyke gets injured we are shafted and leaves us grabbing at straws for replacements as Stewart is already injured .January signings so far a big disappointment somebody needs to be held accountable this cannot continue.
Season after season the recruitment beggars belief, bad player after bad player are signed. I had belief in the new set up, but so far it’s been embarrassing to say the least, but of course we have to give them a chance.
This club needs wholesale changes and hopefully the new regime will do this and give the fans a passionate bunch of players that are proud to wear the red and white shirt something that has been lacking for years.Keep the faith take care
Ed’s Note [Rich]: Alright there, Mark. I get what you mean about us having something of lack of cover up top, but I think it’s a massive and unfair stretch to call the club and Kristjaan Speakman inept for having bought a player who has a short-term problem. If we’d ignored medical advice not to sign him due to underlying and long-term injury issues, that would be another matter altogether. Ross Stewart is out for about another week, according to what Lee Johnson said on Friday, and I hope we see him make an impact when he is fit as we do need to share the goals around a bit - we can’t have Charlie hogging all the limelight now can we!!!