Preview: Sunderland travel to Reading as relegation looms
Written by Spark on 13th April 2018
Sunderland face another season defining game tomorrow when they line up against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Chris Coleman has issued a rallying cry ahead of the game with Sunderland currently sat six points behind Bolton Wanderers and safety.
Coleman told the Sunderland Echo: “If Tuesday was a must, must-win, then this is a must, must, must-win.
“I hope the microphones are still in my face on Saturday at 5pm and people are saying that we are still going, still in the fight.”
“We can only keep on performing as we have been. Of course we were very disappointed to give away that goal against Norwich in the last five minutes, but what we have to do is carry on the level of effort that we have put in over the last four games.”
He added: “We don’t have any choice. We have to go to Reading and win.”
Sunderland’s point against Norwich could have been three with Aiden McGeady hitting the post from the penalty spot after Ashley Fletcher had been hauled down.
Coleman however said he had no qualms with McGeady stepping up tomorrow should Sunderland be awarded a penalty.
He said: “If we get a penalty on Saturday, the first person who says they want to take it, takes it. Simple as that. If you want to take that responsibility, that’s fine by me.
“I think it is hard for me to push that onto someone. Whoever runs up can have it, but I won’t tolerate fighting over it.”
He continued: “The first person who wants to take it can take it. If that is Aiden then so be it. He missed one, but he scored one not long before, so if he wants another, if he has that confidence, go and take it.”
Sunderland will be without captain John O’Shea for the trip to Reading after the centre-back was forced off against Norwich on Tuesday.
The Black Cats are expected to be boosted by the return of Paddy McNair and Marc Wilson who missed the visit of Norwich through injury.
Kick-off at the Madejski Stadium is 3pm tomorrow.