This is the tactical switch Sunderland may use against Rochdale

Sunderland's coaching staff have been given food for thought ahead of tonight’s game against Rochdale following an impressive cameo from frontline duo Charlie Wyke and Kyle Lafferty.

Kyle Lafferty warms up before coming on against Ipswich Town.
Kyle Lafferty warms up before coming on against Ipswich Town.

The strikers were paired together late in the game against Ipswich as the Black Cats looked for a winner as boss Phil Parkinson introduced Lafferty from the bench.

Instead of replacing main striker Wyke, however, the Irishman was brought on for Denver Hume in a bold move that saw him join Wyke in attack.

And the switch paid off as they combined to set up Chris Maguire for the only goal of the game.

Sunderland assistant manager Steve Parkin hailed Parkinson's move to bring on the two strikers together claiming it was the 'right decision' – and admits it could be an option they use from the start against Rochdale.

Parkin said: "We pondered long and hard on the touchline about what changes we needed to make, and it was difficult because we were playing so well.

“We didn’t really feel like changing anything to be honest, but I think we just felt that if we could get the two strong powerful boys up the top of the pitch that might cause them a few problems with 15 minutes to go. The manager made the call and it was the right call."

The introduction of Lafferty along side Wyke sparked a different approach from Sunderland who eventually broke the deadlock and could be a change in approach for tonight’s visit of Rochdale, where the pair may start.