Sunderland fan blog: Beat Wycombe Wanderers and the Black Cats are back in the promotion mix
Sunderland are set to face their biggest test of this new year against top-of-the-table side Wycombe Wanderers.
Phil Parkinson’s men are now undefeated in their last five league games and are hoping to achieve their first set of back-to-back wins since August.
Gareth Ainsworth will be hoping his squad can turn around their fortunes on the road with their last away win coming at Tranmere Rovers back in November.
Sunderland’s triumph at home to Lincoln City last week was recognised as the best home performance of the season by many supporters.
Despite all the uncertainty around the ownership of the club, at this moment in time the football on the pitch has been an absolute joy to watch.
Praise has been given to Lynden Gooch and Charlie Wyke whose performances have been superb since returning from injury.
Also making a first team comeback is Ethan Robson who’s recently been recalled from his loan spell at Grimsby which made way for out of favour midfielder Dylan McGeouch to complete his move to Aberdeen this week.
Joel Lynch looks set to make a return to the squad this weekend after missing the victory over Lincoln due to illness.
Sunderland will be hoping to keep quiet Wycombe’s main front man Adebayo Akinfenwa who has netted seven goals and five assists so far this season.
Another threat could be winger Rolando Aarons, who is currently on loan from rivals Newcastle United till the end of the season, who can offer the visitors a lot of pace out wide.
Defender Darius Charles, who was on target in the last meeting between the two sides, could be in for a hot reception at the Stadium of light following his post-match comments when the sides met in October last year.
The Black Cats currently sit ninth in League One with just a point outside the play offs with a game in hand and six points off the automatic places.
A win this weekend could put themselves right back in the frame for promotion which was looking very unrealistic before the Christmas period.