Tom Flanagan injury boost and Sunderland's 44,000 crowd: Jack Ross provides pre-Bradford updates

Jack Ross faced the press ahead of Sunderland's Boxing Day clash with Bradford City - and there was plenty on the agenda.

Monday, 24th December 2018, 7:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:01 pm
Jack Ross faced the press today ahead of Sunderland's game with Bradford

From injury boosts to the bumper crowd in attendance at the Stadium of Light, Ross addressed a whole range of subjects in his media breifing. Scroll down and click through the pages for the key talking points from the Sunderland boss:

"Any time that we lose a game, we'll always have a disappointment because of the expectations upon us and the ambitions we have as a team."
"Glenn actually injured himself in the challenge anyway so will be out for a couple of weeks. It means it becomes an irrelevance."

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"No. One was overturned, one should have been overturned and Saturday's was just a tackle."
"We lost Adam Matthews very late [before Portsmouth]. We have some other issues from Saturday as well. We'll have to see how they are and you don't know what you'll pick up on Boxing Day."
"There's a responsibility on me to ensure there is a team befitting the crowd. We don't want to disappoint those numbers that come. We want to make sure we encourage them to come back again."
"We're hopeful he might be available. He was in yesterday and should be on the training pitch today, so how he reacts we'll just have to wait and see."
"We have plenty of games coming up so we can't risk any players who might have little knocks because there's plenty of matches coming up in a short period."
"We want the opportunity to put it right and we have that. There's a huge motivation for us to put it right, it's challenging but Boxing Day gives us a good chance to do that in front of a big crowd."
"We had a sensible conversation and I do think it's one of those that falls into a little bit of a grey area, because the changes to the rule - they're clear in some respects but this challenge probably falls in-between somewhere."