Sunderland missed a great chance to make up ground on League One leaders Portsmouth as they let a 1-0 lead slip in the last few minutes against Scunthorpe this afternoon.
The Black Cats remain in third place, but they’re now three points adrift of the Hatters with a game in hand. With a weaker goal difference their fate is out of their hands, but Portsmouth’s wobbles have made the whole race much more interesting.
As the transfer window remains open, speculation over the future of striker Josh Maja intensifies, but it was his goal that lit up an otherwise tepid Sunderland display. He gave his side the cushion they failed to defend, but was brought off shortly afterwards.
Fans on Wearside can see exactly what the 20-year-old adds to the team and have been quick to point it out on Twitter this evening. He’s bagged 16 this season for Jack Ross’ side, but could walk away from the club for nothing in the summer.
Losing Maja is something that the fans below feel would be a mortal blow to their promotion hopes this season.
Wish his celebration was @stewartdonald3 running onto the pitch with a contract and he signs it
— Brandon (@Feeleyyyy) January 19, 2019
Anyone still think he should be dropped???
— Billy Mckillion (@billymck2) January 19, 2019
Pay him what he wants !!!! He’s the ONLY threat we have in the squad!
— SAFC&Golf (@Safcgolfer75) January 19, 2019
Very Poor. 2nd best. After goal started playing. Not killing games off killing us, just not good enough. JR needs a striker because Maja needs help with goals and we need @GHoneyman10 back desperately. Onto @AFCWimbledon demanding better. C'MON SUNDERLAND!!! #SAFC #HawayTheLads https://t.co/046tz3c2hD
— Ian Crow (@Ian_Crow3) January 19, 2019
Pompey are wobbling. It’s frustrating we can’t take advantage like, but hopefully a few fresh faces will liven us up a bit. I’ve said it before and will reiterate again, letting Maja go will be a DISASTER however. #safc
— David Marjoram (@PlannerMarj) January 19, 2019
I found Maja going off a little bit baffling. Although I will only understand it if he was not 100% fit #SAFC
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) January 19, 2019
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Seems such a long time ago since we’ve won a game. Dunno where the team as gone from the start the season, without Maja we just can’t score. Shocking. #safc
— Aimee ???? (@aimeegordon_x) January 19, 2019