Following Sunderland’s 1-0 loss against Wycombe Wanderers, Phil Parkinson has indicated that his side need to improve their end product to make the most of the possession being kept, as reported by The Shields Gazette.
This was his first game at the helm after taking over from Jack Ross and he was quoted as saying: “Did we make the most of the possession we had and show enough quality in the final third? Probably not because we didn’t create enough chances. We need to produce more and make the most of the possession we have.”
Having had a short time to make his mark after coming in for the Wycombe game, Parkinson will only have had a few extra days to work with his players and try to improve things ahead of Tuesday’s game against Tranmere Rovers.
The statistics back up what Parkinson has claimed, as Sunderland had 58.4% of the game’s possession, having a pass success rate 9% higher than that of Wycombe, but only had half the number of shots of the home team, as per WhoScored.
With Charlie Wyke having sustained an injury during the game, Will Grigg could be coming in for the Tranmere clash, having replaced the striker when he came off.
The Northern Ireland international has scored 6 goals and assisted twice in 35 games (as per Transfermarkt), so the Black Cats will be hoping to get him in front of goal as much as possible to improve those totals.
Parkinson has identified what is definitely an issue for Sunderland, so it will be interesting to see how he is able to address this given the time constraints.
With Tranmere having conceded 22 goals in 13 games this season, the manager could have a good opposition to put this into practice against.
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