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Five Talking Points - Checkatrade Trophy

Post  Hieronymus on 2018-12-05, 9:22 am

Some interesting points here. The future seems quite bright these days doesn't it? Very Happy



Sunderland 2-0 Notts County: Five talking points as Black Cats get closer to Wembley
Five talking points as Sunderland beat Notts County and move just three wins away from a Wembley fina
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  • 08:00, 5 DEC 2018

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Jerome Sinclair of Sunderland (C) celebrates after he scores (Image: Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)
Sunderland are through to the last 16 of the Football League Trophy after Tuesday's 2-0 win over League Two Notts County.
In the knockout stages of a cup competition, the win was all that mattered but there were wider reasons for encouragement.
The Black Cats bossed the game and even though Robbin Ruiter made one excellent double save, once they settled down, you never felt they were not going to progress into the last 16.
But there were individual battles to be won by players fighting for a place or in the case of Duncan Watmore, looking to return from injury.
Plenty put in performances which can only add to the squad depth Jack Ross has at his disposal going into the busiest part of the English football calendar.

Wembley is getting closer

Sunderland are just three matches away from Wembley, and there is no reason why they cannot get there.
That they have got this far shows the Black Cats have the squad depth to push on in this position while maintaining their involvement in the thing that matters most – the League One title race.
They made eight changes against Notts County and needed to, because their jam-packed fixture list was clearly getting the better of them in the second half of Saturday's FA Cup tie at Walsall.
But their mixture of squad players and young talents had more than enough to see off a Notts County side playing under Neal Ardley for the first time, and there is no one for them to fear in what is left of the competition.
A trip to Wembley would be fitting reward for their magnificent support.

Duncan Watmore can add another dimension

Duncan Watmore has rightly taken his time in returning from his second cruciate knee ligament damage, and on the 62-minute evidence of his senior return, it is time well spent.
Just before he suffered his relapse last November, he was starting to look the part as a pacey centre-forward and if he can stay fit, he will bring something new to a forward line which needs it.
Watmore forced a couple of good saves from Ross Fitzsimons, and it was the goalkeeper's attempt to keep his 22nd-minute shot out of the net which led to Dan Jones' own goal.
It was his running off the ball which was most impressive and mercifully it does not look as though the injuries have taken away Watmore's biggest asset, his searing pace.

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Duncan Watmore of Sunderland  (Image: Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)
At the moment, Jack Ross has a choice between the ultra-sharp finishing of Josh Maja and the more rounded game of Jerome Sinclair. Lynden Gooch is yet to impress as a centre-forward.
When Charlie Wyke comes back there will be a battering-ram option too, but Watmore's ability to stretch the play will add a new dimension, and initially at least provide something different from the bench.
He will inevitably suffer a dip when the initial adrenaline of his return wears off, and we would all be advised not to expect too much too soon, but it is great to see him back.

Jerome Sinclair needs to work on his shooting

Jerome Sinclair doubled his goal tally for the season but there were more questions than answers from the on-loan Watford striker's performance.
He got into some good positions, and produced an excellent turn early in the second half, only for his shot to be deflected wide. But too often Sinclair got into good positions, only to miss the target.
Whereas Josh Maja does not offer enough apart from his goals, Sinclair needs to sharpen his shooting to make himself a must-pick for Jack Ross.
His penalty was well taken, but it was only a penalty.
He would have found the net in open play after 86 minutes but for an excellent save

More of Benji Kimpioka

For the fans who come along, Football League Trophy nights are about uncovering new gems, and Benji Kimpioka looks like one.
A goalscorer on his debut against Carlie United in the group stages, the Swedish Under-21 international brought electricity to the forward line when he came on for Watmore.
Although the teenager might still be too raw to be asked to start for Sunderland, he looks like the sort of maverick player who is always worth having on the bench in these days of seven substitutes, because when he comes on he can be a really unpredictable maverick.
It would be nice to see more of Kimpioka, and not just in these pretend first-team games, but the proper stuff of League One and the FA Cup too. He certainly has an exciting future.

Bali Mumba shows his maturity


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Bali Mumba of Sunderland  (Image: Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)
Dropped into the slightly unfamiliar position of wing-back – though he has played for his country at full-back – Bali Mumba was unflustered by the latest challenge laid at his door. After the game, he spoke to the media with a maturity which belied his 17 years too.
Mumba was Sunderland's best player on the night, and stepped up his level in the second half.
The physicality of the game, the occasion, the playing out of position – none of it seemed to faze him.
The only pity was that when he span on Kimpioka's stoppage-time cross, his shot was blocked. Both teenagers deserved that to go into the net to cap off their night's work.

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Re: Five Talking Points - Checkatrade Trophy

Post  sunderpitt on 2018-12-05, 9:34 am

Yep fair summary.

Sinclair is on loan I believe.. he is worse than Vaughan we had last season. Not sure if he is on a year long loan... but if we can send him back and get another player in the squad will improve.

Mumba indeed had a good game...showed touches of skill.. needs to be stronger as he was bullied at times.. but he is young and will get more powerful.

Kimpioka came on and was everything Sinclair wasn't.. pace skilful, lots of purpose, won the penalty.

Dunc made a successful return, Ruiter even made a couple of good saves

The other young players did well also.


Some positives to take from the game.

We need to hang onto young talent, starting with getting Maja's signature on a new contract
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Post  Kipper on 2018-12-05, 9:38 am

Looking very good. So pleased Watmore had a great game. Looking forward to seeing him soon. Great to see a few youngsters playing really well - not sure why some people were slagging off our academy last year.
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Re: Five Talking Points - Checkatrade Trophy

Post  Vincemac on 2018-12-05, 9:46 am

sunderpitt wrote:Yep fair summary.

Sinclair is on loan I believe.. he is worse than Vaughan we had last season. Not sure if he is on a year long loan... but if we can send him back and get another player in the squad will improve.

Mumba indeed had a good game...showed touches of skill.. needs to be stronger as he was bullied at times.. but he is young and will get more powerful.

Kimpioka came on and was everything Sinclair wasn't.. pace skilful, lots of purpose, won the penalty.

Dunc made a successful return, Ruiter even made a couple of good saves

The other young players did well also.


Some positives to take from the game.

We need to hang onto young talent, starting with getting Maja's signature on a new contract
Yeh this Sinclair does remind me very much of vaughn 
Plenty of effort and performances but just no end product 
Some one we could do without and replace
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