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2 changes Parkinson should make for Sunderland v Tranmere tonight

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Phil Parkinson suffered a disappointing defeat away to Wycombe in his first game in charge at Sunderland as the Black Cats lost 1-0 to Wycombe on Saturday.

Darius Charles goal in the 29th minute was enough for Wycombe to secure all three points and the result sees Sunderland fall to 10th position in League One.

It was a poor display from Sunderland who looked bereft of any attacking quality as they rarely threatened Wycombe keeper Ryan Allsop with their seven shots on goal, only one of which was on target.

Parkinson will be looking for an immediate response from his team tonight in his first game in charge at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland take on struggling Tranmere.

Sunderland now just have one win in their last six league matches and fans will be looking for an upturn in form quickly.

Here are two changes Parkinson should consider making for tonight’s fixture against the newly-promoted side.

Replace Charlie Wyke with Will Grigg

Charlie Wyke was taken off at half time on Saturday after suffering an ankle ligament injury and Parkinson chose to replace Wyke with experienced striker Will Grigg.

Parkinson could have chosen to replace Wyke with summer signing Marc McNulty, but the fact that he opted for Grigg shows that he is more likely to opt with the Northern Irish international for the Tranmere match.

This will be a great opportunity for Grigg to impress his new manager. He has struggled for game time and goals this season having scored just once in 13 appearances in all competitions this season.

Start George Dobson and Max Power in central midfield

Grant Leadbitter and Max Power started as the centre midfield duo against Wycombe at the weekend but Parkinson should look for a more dynamic midfield selection in Dobson to replace the under performing Leadbitter.

Leadbitter started the season well for Sunderland and put in a number of impressive performances, particularly against Portsmouth and AFC Wimbledon.

But the Sunderland stalwart has struggled for form recently and this has seen him either omitted from starting line up, or being subbed off in the second half.

With Power and Dobson, Sunderland have two players who will look to play the ball forward more often, something which they will need to do more if they are to creating more goal scoring opportunities.

Power has shown his talents on occasion this season and, while it may not be the first choice midfield pairing, having a change in personnel could help Sunderland change their fortunes.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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