Sunderland take on Shrewsbury this weekend in Sky Bet League One as they aim to build on a 5-0 thrashing of Tranmere in midweek.

The Black Cats have seen Phil Parkinson come into the side and though he lost his first game at Wycombe, the win over Rovers underlined what they might be able to do if they take an attacking approach this year.

The fans will be looking for more of that this season, then, but Lynden Gooch won’t be playing any part in proceedings against the Shrews, with him out injured.

It’s not a major problem according to Parkinson, but it’s enough to have him sidelined for the weekend:

He’s got a wealth of attacking options at his disposal, has Parkinson, and he will feel as though he can still get a result without Gooch in the side.

Indeed, his players will be hoping that is the case as well as they look to prove him right.


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