26 October 2019 20:34
Lee Burge: 6/10 Made one comfortable save, and was well beaten from close range in an otherwise uneventful first half from a goalkeeping perspective. Luke O'Nien: 6/10 Shrewsbury's goal came from O'Nien's side, yet his crossing and forward play, just about made for his defensive shortcomings. Jordan Willis: 7/10 Assured, physical when he had to be, another strong showing. Probably Sunderland's best passer on the day, Lynch was good defensively when required too. Denver Hume: 6/10 Looked to have finally turned the corner after an excellent first 20 minutes, the young left back soon regressed to his head down, panicked, thoughtless play.
George Dobson: 6/10 For every sweeping crossfield pass or smart turn in midfield, there was an awful 50p header or a sloppy giveaway in midfield. Needs to do better. Max Power: 7/10 Guilty of holding onto possession for too long at times, but still pretty accurate and progressive in his passing. Duncan Watmore: 4/10 Night and day from Tuesday's masterclass, Watmore struggled to impact the game in any meaningful way. Chris Maguire: 5/10 Let the Shrewsbury defence off on too many occasions by going for the hollywood cross or a wonder goal when the simple option would have been far more effective.
Man of the Match Joel Lynch An impressive performance in midweek culminated in a 5-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, and Parkinson will now have to decide whether to stick or twist as his side head to Shropshire. And Sunderland's fans have offered their advice to the new manager, urging him to make just ONE change - despite a hectic run of fixtures in the coming weeks. Scroll down and click through the pages to see the team supporters want to start at Shrewsbury: Jason Cummings' first-half strike earned Shrewsbury a 1-0 win over Sunderland. The Black Cats created an early chance but Aiden McGeady fired over after being picked out by Denver Hume's inviting cross from the left. Chris Maguire then drove a shot over the bar from long range before Shrewsbury took the lead in the 22nd minute as Josh Laurent's run and cross from the left set up Cummings to find the bottom corner from 10 yards. Cummings then tested Sunderland goalkeeper Lee Burge with a free kick from 25 yards. The visitors were close to an equaliser just before the break when Chris Maguire's effort from the edge of the penalty area hit a post. Maguire threatened for Sunderland again early in the second half as his shot was turned away by home goalkeeper Max O'Leary before Will Grigg was off target with a shot on the turn. O'Leary then produced fine late saves from Luke O'Nien and Max Power as Shrewsbury stood firm to claim three points.