Sunderland squandered a one-goal lead to fall to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Fleetwood Town last night and many Black Cats fans have spoken out against manager Phil Parkinson after the game.
Parkinson named a much-changed and youthful line up for the EFL Trophy Group A clash and saw his side dominate in the first half, with Callum McFadzean’s deflected strike giving them an early lead.
But as has so often been the case this term, injury problems frustrated Sunderland and meant that they had to make changes to their backline multiple times.
That allowed Fleetwood back into the game and they grabbed the opportunity with both hands as first Barrie McKay and then Mark Duffy found the net to sink the travelling Black Cats at Highbury Stadium.
Though both sides have confirmed their place in the next round, the result means that Joey Barton’s men have won the group and will have a home tie in the knockout stages.
Sunderland will have to go on the road once again in what already looks likely to be a congested schedule and face yet more worries over injuries.
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It appears the Stadium of Light faithful are far from pleased with Parkinson, with many supporters taking to Twitter to voice their frustration.
Read their reaction here:
Parky just do this club a massive favour and leave ya killing it
— Chippy1977 (@Chippy19772) November 11, 2020
He needs sacking ! If the fans were in the stadium they’d want him out!
— Rob (@robhall372) November 10, 2020
Out of depth ..!!
— Templeton Peck (@Templet69197880) November 10, 2020
— stephen scott (@stephen79016425) November 10, 2020
Well I'm hoping he says good bye
— GRANDAD AL (@AlanFoster24) November 10, 2020
Reaction. Only one I would accept. That is for him to say bye I’ve been sacked
— ME (@therealseahamcw) November 10, 2020
What on earth does Parkinson say to them at half time. Another poor start to the second half #safc
— David Place (@samsonplace) November 10, 2020
We’ve lost to Mansfield Town and are losing to Fleetwood Town. In the same week.
Please Phil Parkinson, stop doing a Donald Trump and out staying your welcome. Just go. You’re utter dross. #SAFC
— Councillor Gavin Callaghan (@CllrCallaghan) November 10, 2020