Sunderland’s hopes of automatic promotion took a major blow last night, with the Black Cats falling to back-to-back defeats in Sky Bet League One.
Lee Johnson’s side went into Tuesday’s clash with Wigan Athletic looking to respond to Saturday’s home defeat to Charlton Athletic, and took the lead at the DW Stadium through Charlie Wyke on 32 minutes.
But Wigan, who equalised before half-time through Will Keane, took the lead shortly after the interval, with Callum Lang finding the net and turning the game on its head.
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The Black Cats weren’t able to respond, and they left Lancashire with no points to show for a valiant effort. It’s a result that leaves them still sitting third in the league table, but five points off second.
Heading into the game, Wigan may have been looking for a bit of revenge following Luke O’Nien’s pre-match comments. The Sunderland man insisted that they would have “no problems at all” if they played to their ability.
Kyle Joseph was quick to poke fun at O’Nien’s comments after the game, taking to Twitter to rub further salt into the wounds.
— Kyle Joseph (@Kyle9Joseph) April 13, 2021
Wigan fully deserved that win last night after an excellent, spirited turnaround.
There is every chance that those comments before the game spurred them on a bit and gave them a point to prove.
It was quite a cocky comment from O’Nien looking back, and Sunderland now need to realise that anybody can beat anybody at this level. Back-to-back losses have put a dent in their automatic promotion hopes.