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Lee Johnson faces these Sunderland dilemmas following yesterday’s 3-1 victory over Oxford United

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Sunderland’s promotion charge is in full force after another impressive victory.

The Black Cats took on Oxford United on Good Friday in a contest that was tipped to be particularly troublesome given the Us’ own hopes of securing a play-off finish this term.

It was a tight affair at time but it was Lee Johnson’s side who came out on top in the end.

Goals from Lynden Gooch, Aiden McGeady and Max Power were enough to record a 3-1 victory and strengthen their hopes of pushing towards automatic promotion.

But with a massive clash with Peterborough United coming up on Monday there’s certainly some considerations for Johnson to ponder over the Easter weekend.

Here are some of the dilemmas that the Sunderland head coach is facing.

Denver Hume’s involvement

The full-back has been out injured of late but could be back in contention.

Hume was among those who was in line to be involved against Oxford United but it was deemed that he wasn’t quite ready to make the matchday squad.

Whether he’ll feature against Peterborough remains to be seen, but supporters will certainly be looking forward to seeing him back in action.

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Risking Jordan Jones 

The winger was Sunderland’s best player against Oxford United.

Despite being out injured in recent weeks Jones looked incredibly sharp at the Stadium Of Light and was certainly the best player on the pitch on the day.

But while he fared well in that contest there is likely to be a question mark over his fitness after just recently returning.

Monday’s clash with Peterborough means that recovery time will be particularly limited and that could prove troublesome for the Rangers loanee.

However, given the importance of the clash with the Posh it would be an incredibly bold decision not to start him.

A change of system

It’ll be interesting to see how Sunderland line up against Peterborough.

Lee Johnson played with one up top in Charlie Wyke against Oxford United, with Lynden Gooch playing in a support striker role.

A trip to the Posh could mean that Aiden O’Brien comes into the side to play a traditional two up top, but much will depend on how Johnson is looking to play as this is bound to be a contest that won’t go entirely Sunderland’s way.


North East-based EFL writer and aspiring author

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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