Sunderland’s recent improvement in form has been dealt a minor setback in the last week after losing 1-0 against promotion rivals Coventry City on Sunday afternoon.
The defeat at Coventry’s temporary home, St Andrews, means Phil Parkinson’s men have only taken one point out of a possibly six against promotion rivals Fleetwood Town and Coventry City in the last week.
Matty Godden’s second minute goal was enough to seal the points for the new league leaders who managed to withstand a late Sunderland onslaught to hold onto a valuable three points. Sunderland threw all they had at the Coventry goal, but only managed two shots on target in the match, something which the Sunderland fans, and Phil Parkinson, will be desperately disappointed with.
The game did have a major talking point though, in the 76th minute Max Power thought he equalised for The Black Cats, only for his celebrations to be cut short with his goal correctly ruled out through offside.
The defeat leaves Sunderland sitting fifth in the standings, four points behind Rotherham who occupy the second automatic promotion place and Phil Parkinson will need to rally his troops if they want to avoid the lottery of the play-offs.
We bottled it again. Where have we seen that before?
— Millz (@LeeSafcMiller) March 1, 2020
— Walter The Pigeon (@WalterThePigeo1) March 1, 2020
Awful last 20 mins, aimless high balls up to the strikers. Hopeless on the wings as Coventry full backs were solid as a rock. January penny-pinching is costing us, none of the Jan additions have made an impact, all deemed not good enough to start by Parky. Play-offs at best!
— Kevin Moeliker (@Kevsol) March 1, 2020
— Luke (@LukeH9931) March 1, 2020
This is why we won’t get top two. We aren’t good enough to go to a promotion side and win. Away form all season hasn’t been good enough. Team also needs freshen up from time to time, it’s becoming too predictable
— Daniel Gallagher (@_dgallagher99) March 1, 2020
Awful result need all 18 points out of next 6
— Reformed NathNsafc (@nathnsafcc) March 1, 2020
NO AUTOMATIC PROMOTION
— Joshua?⚪? (@KINGMAGUIRE1) March 1, 2020