Sunderland face a long trip down to Plymouth this weekend as they look to continue their decent form in Sky Bet League One.
The Black Cats are well in the race for the promotion places and face a Plymouth side that is potentially about to kick on after earning a big win against Scunthorpe.
Ahead of the game, then, we spoke to Gary McLaughlin from We Are Wearside to preview the clash…
Away from the pitch recently, Stewart Donald has said that some players might be moved on in January – who could you see moving on?
I think this is a wage-related thing. Our bill is still massive for this league, and that’s not really because of the players that were brought in but rather the ones we couldn’t get rid of.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bryan Oviedo and one of Donald Love or Adam Matthews move on. It will be interesting to see if we take the option to permanently sign Max Power too, who has missed a lot of football through disciplinary issues.
It’s a long trip down to Plymouth this weekend for the Black Cats after Argyle won last time out do they now carry an extra threat?
Plymouth are having a poor season so far, but one thing that seems to happen in all League One games is that teams give each other opportunities.
I read an interesting overview of our win against Southend suggesting that Sunderland’s success has not been through outplaying teams, but punishing teams for mistakes – something that is unusual at this level.
I think that’s a really fair assessment, we haven’t been in complete control of many matches this year but our opponents let us get away with our mistakes whilst we don’t return the favour.
Because of that, I don’t think there is such a thing as an easy fixture. We have to keep punishing teams to keep winning. The Plymouth game will be no different despite their position.
Aiden McGeady came on at the weekend and scored – can you see him starting this one?
We have a settled starting eleven at the minute which is winning games. McGeady would replace one of Lynden Gooch, who was the pick of our attackers against Southend, or Chris Maguire, who can’t stop scoring. I don’t think he’s done enough to dislodge either.
And, in that sense, are there any other changes you’d make to the side for this one?
I’d bring Josh Maja back in because I don’t think there is a better finisher in the league at the moment than him. He has to start.