Sunderland striker Marc McNulty scored his fifth goal of the season last night, leaving many fans of the North East club calling for him to start against Southend United on Saturday.
The Black Cats were knocked out of the Carabao Cup after losing on penalties to Oxford United in their Round of 16 tie last night.
Robert Hall opened the scoring for Oxford with a fantastic first-time strike after 25 minutes but Sunderland found a reply through McNulty in the second half.
Who should start against Southend on Saturday?
Parkinson’s side had chances to win it late on and saw two penalty shouts waved away by the referee but the game ended level and went to penalties.
Forwards Will Grigg and McNulty both missed their spot-kicks as the visitors slumped to a 4-2 loss in the shootout.
Their attention will now switch to the League One clash with Southend United on Saturday.
Only Bolton have a worse record than Southend in the division this season, so it is a game that the Black Cats need to be taking three points from.
After his goal in the Carabao Cup, it appears McNulty is the man that many Sunderland fans want to lead the line on Saturday with some taking to Twitter to express their thoughts.
Read the reaction of Sunderland fans here:
Looking at the stats it’s 5 goals in 9 starts in all competitions for McNulty. Surely time to try and give him a run of games instead of grigg? #SAFC
— Michael (@mgsmith95) October 30, 2019
No McNulty and Maguire.
— kevin defty (@kevindefty1) October 30, 2019
McNulty and Maguire. Sub on Grigg if winning by 2 or more
— Kristian Wall (@kristianwall49) October 30, 2019
McNulty should be first choice from now on. He’s pretty much scored in every game he’s started
— Dan (@Dan1879_SAFC) October 29, 2019
Should of won that game the amount of chances we created, never played football like that under Ross! McNulty has to start Saturday! #SAFC
— Dave Trewick (@DaveTrewick) October 29, 2019
Don't bother with either, play McNulty and Watmore until Jan and have a goalscorer signed on the 1st!
— Rich (@SafcMod) October 30, 2019