Sunderland travel to Peterborough this afternoon as they look to get themselves another three points in Sky Bet League One.
It could well be an exciting game, and so we spoke to Gary McLaughlin of We Are Wearside to preview things…
1. A goal at last for Will Grigg midweek, how much confidence could that give him?
Hopefully a lot! Patience is wearing, or worn, with Grigg, he hasn’t endeared himself to Sunderland yet. I can’t help but feel like he is still our most talented forward, so perhaps it’s down to whether the manager can weave him into our style of play better.
2. From that, it was an impressive win at Burnley – are there other players that could be in the reckoning to start this weekend?
I think Ross has a massive headache after that! O’Nien, McGeouch and Dobson all bossed the midfield and looked full of energy and intent. O’Nien will start anyway but proved against Burnley that maybe he has more to offer in central midfield, something we’ve wondered since he signed, having mainly been utilised as a make-shift right back. Not sure the backline will get a sniff – they were a failed experiment last season.
3. Marc McNulty is touted to be fit for the weekend, would you throw him back in?
Maybe not the next game but after that assuming his match fitness is up there, absolutely, he looked great in his first few games for Sunderland. An intelligent runner, difficult to mark and works his socks off.
4. It’s a game against Peterborough up next with them picking up two wins in two. How much does their recent resurgence make them a threat and do you see them as promotion rivals?
Peterborough are a funny team because they look like promotion candidates, or playoffs anyway, yet they tend to disappear towards the end of the season. It’s a massive test when they’re in form.
5. Score prediction
It’s a really tricky fixture and we should respect it as such. I think we’ll drop points, but hopefully maintain our unbeaten run. 1-1.