Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Sunderland’s squad for the professional way that they’re approaching the promotion race.
The Black Cats are firmly in the hunt for promotion to the Championship and find themselves on a lengthy run of fixtures without a defeat.
Lee Johnson has found a winning formula and stuck with it for long spells since being appointed which has meant that certainly squad players have struggled for regular minutes for the Wearsiders.
Tuesday night’s clash with Swindon Town saw four of those players – Chris Maguire, Aiden O’Brien, Jack Diamond and Dan Neil – come off the bench and help the club to victory.
The huge impact that those players had in the game was hailed by Phillips who believes that it’s a sign of how strong morale in the squad is at present.
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said: “It was great.
“That’s what you want, you don’t want people sulking and moping and when they come on they don’t make an impact.
“But I watched the game the other night and Maguire made an impact when he came on. He was lively on the ball. O’Brien was chasing everything.
“It’s getting towards the end of the season and it will be over before we know it. They can probably smell the potential chance of getting promoted.
“There’s no point moping, when you get your chance take it. Maguire did that at the weekend with a wonderful goal.
“He’ll probably be disappointed he didn’t start the other night but he’s come on and looked lively, he created the goal with the set play.
“Competition is really good, it’s healthy. It’s what you want.
“I would imagine the atmosphere in the camp going into training is good, they’re on a good little run. At the minute, everything’s looking rosy.”
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Everything is going so well for Sunderland at the moment.
The Black Cats are looking really strong in their pursuit of promotion right now and that has to be put down to Lee Johnson and his management of the squad.
The fact that he’s able to keep all of his squad happy – even those who aren’t playing – is massive and could prove to be decisive in the push for promotion this season.