Tuesday night provided a game to forget for Sunderland in the EFL Trophy as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City’s U21 side.
The Black Cats have had an okay at best season so far in Sky Bet League One with them hoping to be challenging for the top two in all honesty.
They’ve not really threatened to do so right now, though, and Jack Ross has lost his job because of that, with Phil Parkinson coming in to replace him.
Parkinson has seen a run of indifferent-at-best results so far, though, and Black Cats fans are evidently concerned that a bit of a shake-up is needed with the squad to get them back in the Championship.
Indeed, last night the manager cut a very frustrated figure as he reflected on the loss, clearly furious at the way his team allowed the young Foxes side to create so many chances.
"We were too open, we left the centre of the pitch exposed and we looked vulnerable on the break."
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) November 5, 2019
This certainly got a reaction from the Black Cats’ fan base on Twitter, then, so let’s take a look at some of the best of what has been said:
Read between the lines of what he is saying. They didn’t listen to my instructions and you’ll not be seeing some of those players much this season.
— Graeme Field (@Fieldo100) November 5, 2019
Completely agree. He’s livid, and with good reason. De Bock is surely finished here, and although I’ve backed him to the hilt, I think McGeouch will be heading back to Scotland in January. Parkinson strikes me as someone who won’t tolerate driftwood in the club.
— Philip West (@Philip_RJ89) November 5, 2019
Not his fault whatsoever, people blaming Parkinson needs their heads shaking
— David Hindmarsh (@DavidHindmarsh7) November 5, 2019
Were behind you mate. Your team isnt up to scratch
— 🔴Chris F⚪️🐬 (@Christianfors23) November 5, 2019
4 loses in 6 games mate! This isn't acceptable!
— SAFC Will_T16 (@SafcT16) November 5, 2019
Disappointing? More like worrying. Going backwards rapidly.
— Chris Owen (@owencp71) November 5, 2019
So disappointing when we see a young team from Northumberland win the world championship and we just dont seem bothered to try and win with a virtual first team against kids! Well done to Leicester but what an awful advert for safc
— AT (@Truemana3388) November 6, 2019
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It’s going to happen, Phil. Keep doing what you’re doing and we’re going to be fine.
— Gezza (@Gezza81188797) November 6, 2019