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Sunderland manager Martin O`Neill has said he would love to improve his squad this summer with a number of players as the Black Cats found themselves not having the best season last time round. The manager has many potential targets to bring up north and is working around the clock to reinforce his squad so he can ensure their survival in the English top flight next season.
The first departure from the club this summer is Michael Liddle who has just been taken on board at Accrington Stanley on a one year deal after he impressed Paul Cook whilst he was on loan at the club last season. Cook feels the player will be a great asset to his up and coming Stanley side and hopes the player may stay longer than the year deal they have just put in place.
Sunderland are currently leading the chase for talented Blackburn midfielder Steven N`Zonzi after the player openly stated last week that he had no intention of playing in the championship next season and wishes to return to the premier league with any team. This has put O`Neill on high alert as he has long been an admirer of the player and will do all he can to bring N`Zonzi to the Stadium Of Light for the start of next season.
Another player who will not be lining up at the Stadium Of Light next year is forward Jordan Cook who has just signed a deal with Charlton after enduring a nightmare period at Sunderland. The player has been out of favour for some time now and it seemed ever likely that he was no longer in Martin O`Neill`s plans and thus he has made his way from Tyneside for pastures new.
Asamoah Gyan is another player who has finally left Sunderland on a permanent deal after the player had been on a season long loan at Al Ain. The player has now made a permanent switch to the middle easten club in a four year deal as he was fearful of not having enough time on the pitch for his parent club so the deal was the best option for him as they have promised him football week in week out.
After their 0-2 loss at the hands of Fulham, Leeds United are due to entertain Sunderland at the Elland Road on Saturday. Leeds United are now placed at the 13th spot in the league table, having collected 53 points from 40 games. The Whites are really struggling under the tutelage of Paul Heckingbottom but they must back themselves to earn all three points against the Black Cats. Leeds United Team News Heckingbottom is likely to be bereft of the services of Liam Cooper, Adam Forshaw, Kemar Roofe and Laurens De Bock. A late call is expected to be made on
As per one of the latest reports by Shropshire Star, Sunderland are understood to be keen to land Shrewsbury Town midfielder, Jon Nolan, at the Stadium to Light in the summer. Shrewsbury Town have undoubtedly emerged as a surprise package in League One this season and are currently at the top of the league table. Promotion to the Championship is obviously a gettable target for them. Under the tutelage of Paul Hurst, the Salop have churned stupendous results and Nolan has been one of the best performers for the English third-tier outfit. The 25-year-old has smashed 8 goals and has
Sunderland are rock-bottom in the league table and are in a desperate need of points to save themselves. The Black Cats are due to make a trip to the Loftus Road Stadium today. Chris Coleman’s troops were comprehensively beaten by Aston Villa during midweek as they lost 0-3 to the Villans at the Stadium of Light and thus, they really need to bounce back by in the upcoming fixture. Team News Tyias Browning has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury and this is a massive blow for Sunderland. Besides, Jake Clarke-Salter is suspended,
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With Stewart Donald reiterating his desire to sell the club this week, the manager’s focus is on maintaining a promotion push as high-flying Wycombe visit on Saturday
It is a wet, windy Thursday lunchtime at Sunderland’s training ground and nervous eyes rest on a learner driver honing their reversing skills in the players’ car park.
Back in the not-so-distant days when the Academy of Light was a Premier League practice base, littered with Porsches and Bentleys, such a cameo would have been unthinkable. Now the absence of previously prominent security sentries afford this once state-of-the-art complex a slightly neglected, semi-deserted air. With no one staffing main reception, the building’s plate glass front doors are locked.
Sunderland have responded to the increasing disgruntlement of their fanbase by confirming that the owner, Stewart Donald, is actively attempting to sell the League One club.
A concerted alliance of assorted supporter groups bolstered by a social media campaign has urged Donald to quit Wearside and, in a statement on Tuesday, Sunderland outlined his plans to grant their wish.
Team sit 13th in League One and the future of a club that panicked in sacking Jack Ross is shrouded in uncertainty
The Dutch describe Advent as de donkere dagen voor Kerstmis. It means the dark days before Christmas and, for Sunderland, they can never have felt shorter or bleaker.
The winter solstice may just have passed, leaving the earth starting to tilt towards the sun once again but, at the 49,000-capacity Stadium of Light, there can be no guarantees that spring will bring a rebirth of warmth and brightness.
The Sunderland chairman, Stewart Donald, has described his decision to borrow £9m from a group of United States-based investors as a “win-win” scenario for the League One club and claims he and his co-owners, Charlie Methven and Juan Sartori, are shouldering all the risk.
Donald acknowledges that defaulting on the loan would hand control of Sunderland to FPP – a company established by three American billionaires, Glenn Fuhrman, John Phelan and Robert Platek, with links to Michael Dell, of Dell Computers – but said he had made the arrangement for the club’s long-term good.
Manchester City, Leicester, Everton, Oxford and Colchester all earned quarter-final spots on a night of occasional drama
And with that, my race is run. We’ll be back for a whole lot more tomorrow night. Bye!
Here’s Paul Doyle’s report from the Pirelli Stadium:
Leicester advanced to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals despite being spooked by Burton. Brendan Rodgers’ men seemed set to dish out another emphatic beating after goals by Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans put them 2-0 up after 20 minutes. But rather than lie down like Southampton, the League One side rebelled, halving the deficit thanks to Liam Boyce and forcing Danny Ward to make several fine saves. James Maddison came off the bench to settle the tie in the 89th minute.
Extraordinary scenes at Oxford tonight: “We could actually hear the crowd at the Oxford United stadium cheering,” reports Mark Piesing. “We have never heard any sound from the stadium before.”
Paul Wilson was at Goodison Park:
Goals from Mason Holgate and Richarlison spared Marco Silva’s blushes against his former club and sent Everton into the last eight of the Carabao Cup, circumstances that will probably prevent the beleaguered manager being sacked in the morning, whatever the Watford fans present might have wished.
Everton wore down their opponents in the end, though it was not the convincing performance Silva was seeking to impress his current employer or his old one. While Everton were on top by the time Holgate came up for a corner and stuck around to score the opening goal, they will have to play a lot better against Spurs at the weekend if they are to avoid a sixth league defeat in seven games. The Carabao Cup may not come to Silva’s rescue should that happen, for a side who take over an hour to score against Watford have no business dreaming of Wembley with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City still at large.
The quarter-final draw will be held this Thursday, live on Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show on Radio 2, for some reason, at 8.45am.
“I moved to Oxford for uni a couple of years ago,” boasts Alex Yeandle, “but am originally from Colchester. Oxford were promoted from League Two to League One the same season Colchester were relegated from League One to Two, the same season I started uni, meaning I could never watch an Oxford-Colchester derby! Maybe now they’ve both made it to the quarters I’ll finally get my chance!!”
Meanwhile in Spain, Lionel Messi has scored another sensational free kick, scored a phenomenal goal from open play (that first touch!) and provided an exquisite assist for Arturo Vidal as Barcelona lead Valladolid 5-1.
The match reports are already rolling in. Here’s Jamie Jackson at the Etihad:
Manchester City took their unbeaten Carabao Cup run to 1,098 days in a near-stroll of a victory over a still-smarting Southampton. This was the visitors’ first game since Leicester trounced them 9-0 and it showed. Southampton did, at least, lose by only two goals and achieve against Pep Guardiola’s men what they failed to do against the Foxes – score – but until City slackened off towards the end they were too tentative.
All of the first three Carabao Cup games to end, end 3-1. Leicester ease past Burton Albion and a textbook potential banana skin.
Watford push forwards in search of an equaliser, and end up conceding a second. Richarlison is played through a ragged rearguard, and finishes in style!
Colchester United come out on top in the all-League Two tie at Crawley, and they are in the final eight!
INCREDIBLE! FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1974, COLCHESTER ARE INTO THE QUARTER FINALS OF THE LEAGUE CUP! #ColU
The final whistle goes at the Etihad, where City have beaten Southampton slightly less comfortably than it appeared they would a little earlier in the evening.
Sunderland’s Luke O’Nien has just been tripped in the box, but somehow the referee doesn’t give a potentially decisive penalty! Meanwhile at the Pirelli Stadium Demarai Gray is played through, takes the ball round the outrushing keeper, but his left-foot, side-footed shot is feeble and a defender clears.
Gray has a hand in another goal, and Leicester wrap up the tie! The winger bursts down the right, gets to the byline and pulls back to Maddison, only recently off the bench, whose first-time shot goes in at the far post.
Burton have a chance to equalise, but Sarkic appears to panic as the goalkeeper hares out towards him, and blasts over the bar.
A cross from the right, and Luke Gambin controls brilliantly, turns and slams the ball into the roof of the net!
An equaliser for Sunderland! It’s a bit messy: a corner is flicked on, bounces off a defender’s back and finds McNulty, who converts from close range!
Leicester have a goal disallowed, Barnes converting Gray’s low centre but being ruled narrowly offside.
They’ve only gone and scored! It’s a corner on the right which is deliciously flighted to the far post, where Jack Stephens thumps in a header!
Everton hit the back of the net! Walcott gets the ball on the left of the area and crosses to Holgate, who is completely unmarked five yards out and can hardly miss!
Southampton have had a shot on target! And three shots in total! A massive turnaround in their fortunes at the Etihad.
Everton hit the woodwork again! This time it’s Lucas Digne, with a 25-yard free-kick that clips the top of the wall, and then the top of the bar on its way over. How long can Watford survive this onslaught?
Now Everton hit the woodwork! The ball falls to Iwobi just inside the area, and he lashes it against the meat of the bar!
I read this caption and thought the picture would be of Andre Gray farting. Apologies for being infantile. Anyway, Everton just nearly scored again. This time, Aidy Mariappa cleared off the line!
Something happens at Goodison Park! Everton have a free-kick on the left, which is sent arrowing onto Michael Keane’s forehead, but he nods the ball straight at Gomes!
Burton nearly equalise! From a corner, the ball is headed towards the far corner, and it was looping in until a defender got in the way, and then it wasn’t. At the other end, Albrighton’s low shot is well saved!
Latest tallies from the Etihad:
Manchester City Shots: 15 Shots on target: 9 Corners: 5 Goals: 3
Mahrez’s 30-yarder hits a defender, loops up and drops onto Aguero’s foot six yards out! He hardly makes any contact, but then he doesn’t really need to, particularly with the Southampton defence dozing.
Game on! Boyce spears a low shot goalwards from the edge of the area, and Ward in the Leicester goal is so surprised at this turn of events that he haplessly helps it in!
A nice free-kick from Cohen Bramall hits the bar, bounces into the goalkeeper’s back and goes in!
Our five matches are back under way. On Sky, they are suggesting that only losing to Manchester City by two or three goals might serve to “build confidence”. City come close to scoring a third, but Bernardo Silva doesn’t anticipate Mahrez’s through-ball, which was really quite excellent.
The Everton match sounds good.
Thoughts: 45 minutes of your life you won’t get back. Moise Kean can go and wait for a cheeseburger in the supper bar on Goodison Road given how pointless it’s been for him on the wing and I’ve seen more life in the cemetery than in the rest of them. Woeful. #EFC
Peeeeeep! It’s half-time in our five Carabao Cup matches. A quick scoreline reminder:
Burton Albion 0-2 Leicester Crawley 1-1 Colchester Everton 0-0 Watford Manchester City 2-0 Southampton Oxford Uited 1-0 Sunderland
Manchester City have had 10 shots, seven on target, and won four corners. Southampton have had no shots and won no corners.
Two injuries to report at Goodison Park: Watford have been forced to take off Domingos Quina and bring on Evertonn’s summer target Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Everton have been forced to take off Yerry Mina and bring on Michael Keane.
A fine cross from Kyle Walker on the right, and a tap-in for Aguero in the centre!
A lovely run from Oxford’s Shandon Baptiste ends in the area with a humiliating left-footed air-shot.
Sunderland hit the post and Oxford break at speed and in numbers. It looks to have come to nothing when Fosu-Henry’s pass inside manages to evade both of his nearby team-mates but Hall arrives late to smash it into the corner of the net from the edge of the area!
That lead did not last long. Norris equalises with a header that the keeper really should have got a hand to.
Finally City get a reward for their domination! A corner is played short, Bernardo Silva chips in a cross from the corner of the area and Otamendi heads in from five yards! City have let it slip a bit of late, with latest statistics having them down at 83% possession.
That’s an absolute snorter! Bulman runs towards the area, nobody closes him down, so he lashes a rising shot into the far corner from 20 yards or so!
Burton give the ball away in midfield, and again Gray’s pass releases a player on the wing - Praet this time, on the right - whose low centre is converted by Tielemans!
“This ROI supporter would like to know where the heck Michael Obafemi is,” writes JR. “Please don’t tell me he’s injured again.Or would that be better than being healthy and not being selected? He seems like he’s injured an awful lot for a seemingly healthy young fella.” Earlier today the Southampton tyro was named in Ireland’s expanded squad for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark, which suggests his fitness is not an issue.
After 11 minutes Manchester City have had 89% of possession against Southampton, and two shots on target. Eighty-nine percent! The game remains goalless, though.
Sunderland win a corner, and when the ball is knocked down Lynch and Eastwood both race to it. The Sunderland No3 gets there first, and is then completely clattered by the Oxford goalkeeper. It’s not a terrible penalty shout, but I think the ball was kicked into Eastwood, which might just have saved him.
We have our first goal! A lovely pass from Gray to Tielemans shreds Burton’s defence, and his low centre is turned in by Iheanacho!
Southampton have not had to wait long for a reminder of last Friday’s miseries:
“We want 10” the immediate chant from Man City fans
BONG! The clock strikes 7.45pm, kick off has been kicked off, and we are under way!
In other news, here’s a thing I’ve only just realised that is vaguely related to Everton v Watford: they are two of five Premier League teams whose entire name (including any Cities, Uniteds or Roverses but not the FC bit) is seven letters long or shorter. In the Championship there are two (Fulham and Reading), in League One none (since the demise of Bury) and in League Two one (Walsall). In other words - and I think this is a reasonable way of interpreting the data - the shorter a club’s name the more likely they are to do well.
“I’m not a Southampton fan,” writes Peter Oh, “but I have my fingers crossed that Ralph Hasenhüttl will show that this past weekend’s capitulation against Leicester was a false nine.” Very good.
The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and we’re heading into snood-and-hat territory.
Finally, here are the teams from Oxford where both teams make five changes:
Here are the teams from the Etihad, where 18-year-old Tommy Doyle makes his senior debut in what will from Southampton’s perspective look like a disappointingly strong Manchester City side. Still, Pep Guardiola makes nine changes; Southampton make six.
Man City: Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Garcia, Jose Angelino, Bernardo Silva, Doyle, Foden, Mahrez, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus. Subs: Stones, De Bruyne, Silva, Joao Cancelo, Carson, Bernabe, Poveda-Ocampo. Southampton: McCarthy, Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Danso, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Armstrong, Long, Boufal. Subs: Yoshida, Vestergaard, Ings, Adams, Redmond, Gunn, Vokins. Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Team news is rolling in. Here, to get the ball rolling, is news from Goodison Park, where Everton make five changes and Watford eight. Given Watford’s current dearth of strikers it is interesting to see the 19-year-old Sam Dalby, who has been prolific so far this season for the Under-23 side (and stood out when I saw him in pre-season, albeit against non-league opposition), on the bench.
So the Carabao Cup’s fourth round dawns, with five fixtures being played tonight and a further three tomorrow. On a purely numerical basis, this is the week’s big night of cup action, even if tomorrow’s three games (Liverpool v Arsenal, Chelsea v Manchester United and Aston Villa v Wolverhampton, since you ask) all have just a little bit more stardust twinkling upon them than any of tonight’s five. Still, we must all play the hands we are dealt, and these are our aces this evening (all 7.45pm BMT kick-offs):
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