Sunderland are looking for a fifth win in six league games tonight when they host Rotherham at the Stadium of Light.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) September 17, 2019
Jack Ross’ side recorded a relatively comfortable success at Accrington Stanley last time out, yet the manager has made two changes for the visit of the Millers.
Right-back Conor McLaughlin is back in the XI, along with former Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch, with the Black Cats going with what looks to be a 4-3-3 formation tonight, as Luke O’Nien pushes into midfield.
Experienced pair Grant Leadbitter and Chris Maguire are the ones to drop out, with the duo on the bench. They are joined by target man Charlie Wyke who is available for selection again after missing the weekend victory through suspension.
It’s fair to say there was a mixed reaction to the team news, with many behind the decision to push O’Nien further up the pitch. However, some felt Maguire, who has four goals this season, shouldn’t have been dropped.
Here’s some of the responses from Twitter to the XI…
Good to see onien pushed up
— Owensara (@Owensara5) September 17, 2019
I’m all for O’Nein playing in midfield, but dropping Maguire started the poor form towards the end of last season, and was no coincidence that we picked up when he came back in.
— Andy (@andy_fox23) September 17, 2019
— Adam Hermiston (@Adamsafc12FTM) September 17, 2019
Yes yes yes that’s our strongest team!!!
— Rhys William (@lincolnSAFC) September 17, 2019
— joseph sleightholme (@jpsleightholme7) September 17, 2019
Pack the midfield against Rotherham ? They’ve hardly been scintillating this season. We’re the home team. We should be starting on the front foot
— ChrisLad (@ChrisCoulyacker) September 17, 2019
Maguire on the bench?? 🤷♀️
— Alex (@Alisafc2017) September 17, 2019