Team selections shows that Bruce has lost patience with the January signings Muntari and Sessegnon. They are undoubtedly classy players, but they have not yet fitted in to the system at the SSOL since their arrival coincided with this winless streak. The teams for today’s clash are:
Sunderland: Mignolet, Onuoha, Mensah, Turner, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Malbranque, Cattermole, Richardson, Welbeck, Gyan. Subs: Gordon, Ferdinand, Zenden, Henderson, Muntari, Sessegnon, Colback.
West Brom: Carson, Reid, Olsson, Meite, Shorey, Thomas, Scharner, Mulumbu, Brunt, Odemwingie, Cox. Subs: Myhill, Cech, Morrison, Vela, Fortune, Tamas, Jara.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
This is a vital game, and I am pleased to see Onuoha back in defence, and the midfield of Elmohamady, Malbranque, Cattermole and Richardson looks up to today’s task, with the ex-Man Utd. player all set to make an impact, it would be great if he can add to his goal tally today. The fans have been hurting, we just need 3 points today, and to be honest we don’t care about the performance, but obviously 5-0 would be good! For one I would be happy with a 93rd minute own goal or a lucky deflection, as long as the team deliver the win we all want to see.
©Lars J.S. Knutsen
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