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The Big Match Preview: Sunderland vs Wycombe

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16 November 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Sunderland vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 17th November 2018, k.o. 3pm
Stadium of Light
Referee: Michael Salisbury

Six years ago this weekend, Wanderers plummeted to the foot of the Football League with a 3-1 loss at Northampton, while Sunderland collected a 3-1 victory at Fulham in the top flight.

On Saturday, the two meet for the first time in their histories, with both sides currently on track to meet their goals in Sky Bet League 1. For Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe, comprised mostly of free agents and loan stars, the 55-point mark for survival is the aim, while Jack Ross's Black Cats expect an immediate return to the Championship, and could go top of the third tier with a win.

It would be a ninth successive victory in all competitions for the Wearsiders, who've kept four clean sheets in a row in the league, with the tightest defence and the second most predatory attack.

But Wanderers have rattled the cages of other promotion hopefuls in Portsmouth and Peterborough in recent weeks and head north believing they can upset the form guide once again, seeking a first away win since August but buoyed by recent improvements which have seen them collect four successive home league triumphs.

Pre-Match Thoughts
- READ: Gareth Ainsworth
- READ: Bryn Morris
- WATCH: Jason McCarthy
- WATCH: Joe Jacobson

Tickets
Wanderers have sold over 700 tickets in advance; Chairboys fans can buy on the day at no price increase.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult: £20
Over 65: £17.50
Under 22: £12.50
Under 16: £7.50

Tickets go off sale at 12pm on Friday 16th November. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from The Stadium Of Light from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Team News
Sunderland are missing Bali Mumba who is on international duty, though Tom Flanagan is now available after being released from his call-up by Northern Ireland. Long-serving midfielder Lee Cattermole is sidelined due to injury, which could hand an opportunity to the Black Cats' former Chairboy Luke O'Nien. Max Power is back from suspension, but attackers Duncan Watmore and Charlie Wyke are still on the road to recovery from their injury problems.

Wycombe will hand a second debut to Matt Ingram in goal after the QPR man returned on an emergency loan following injuries to Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay, while Anthony Stewart, Sam Saunders, Matt Bloomfield, Michael Harriman, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Darius Charles and Nathan Tyson are all nearing a return to the side after injury ahead of the Christmas schedule.

Man in the Middle
Michael Salisbury has shown 48 yellow and two red cards in his 17 games in charge so far this season.

He was the referee for Wanderers' games at Chesterfield (FA Cup) and Crewe (league) in the 2016/17 season.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: SR5 1SU

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Use the northbound M1 and at J32 take left lanes to join the M18. At J2 exit onto A1(M). At junction 62, take the A690 exit to Sunderland / Durham. After about eight miles, you will reach a roundabout, at which turn left onto the A19, signposted for the Tyne Tunnel. Stay in the left-hand lane and take the second slip road towards Sunderland (signposted Stadium of Light, A1231 Sunderland). This takes you onto a bridge crossing over the River Wear. Turn right onto the A1231 following the signs for Sunderland. Go straight over four roundabouts into Sunderland. Then go through two sets of traffic lights (keeping in the left-hand lane at the second set, going straight on towards Roker rather than the city centre) and you will see the Stadium car park on your right, about a mile after the traffic lights.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 274 (approx. journey time 4 hours 35 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There is only limited parking at the ground and there is a residents’ only parking scheme in operation on streets close to the stadium. You can park at the Stadium of Light Metro Station (cost £4) or alternatively park in the city centre and walk to the ground (about 10-15 minutes). There is also a 'Park & Ride' scheme in operation on matchdays, free for both home and away supporters. This is situated at Sunderland Enterprise Park, which is well signposted just off the A1231. Buses run every five minutes, for 90 minutes before kickoff and continue after the game until everyone has gone.

Using the train?
Grand Central do operate a direct service from Kings Cross to Sunderland. On the outward leg there is a departure from Kings Cross at 07:06 arriving at Sunderland at 11.50. On the return there is a direct service at 17:29 (arrives KX at 22:04). Following that there is a departure at 18:29, changing at Newcastle, that arrives Kings Cross at 23:18. Sunderland Railway Station is located just under one mile away from the Stadium of Light and takes around 15-20 minutes to walk. For anyone using the Metro the nearest station is St Peters.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 49,000 (all seated). Away fans are now housed in the Upper Tier of the North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,000 fans can be housed for league games. The facilities are good but you do have to climb a large number of flights of stairs to reach this top tier.

Spare time on your hands?
The Club have opened a Fan Zone which is located outside the South East part of the stadium. It is available to both home and away supporters. Entry is free. Alternatively, there are two social clubs; the Sunderland Companions club, and the New Democratic Club, both on North Bridge Street which are about a five-minute walk away from the stadium. Although they get very busy they do welcome away supporters. The Albion pub, on Victor Street, off Roker Avenue, is a five-minute walk from the ground, with some parking nearby.

Can’t make it?
This game will NOT be shown live in the UK & Ireland (EFL directive) but you can listen live, or watch live if you're based overseas.

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Match Reports

Report: Sunderland 1-1 Wycombe

Onyedinma on target as Wanderers earn their point at the Stadium of Light.

17 November 2018

Wycombe ended title favourite Sunderland's eight-game winning run, claiming a deserved point in a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

The first ever meeting between the sides looked to be coming to a surprise conclusion when Fred Onyedinma lashed home a superb opener in the second half, but Josh Maja struck late on to salvage a point for the Black Cats.

Gareth Ainsworth reverted to a 4-3-3 formation with Bryn Morris available again in midfield, while Matt Ingram made his second debut in goal after rejoining on an emergency loan following injuries to Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay.

Aiden McGeady had the game’s first chance, drilling over from a tight angle after Chris Maguire found him on the left-hand side of the box, but then Wycombe enjoyed a promising spell, with the front three of Alex Samuel, Fred Onyedinma and Randell Williams all exchanging well to cause problems from the home defence.

Ingram’s first save was a comfortable one, 20 minutes in, from George Honeyman’s low shot from 25 yards with no passing options available, and the Black Cats forward was then booked for tugging back Williams after the Watford loanee left him for dead down the wing.

Wanderers’ early endeavours saw them grow in confidence, matching the title favourites in every department and looking threatening in every attack, breaking away at pace, chasing back in numbers, and hunting down the Black Cats as a pack whenever they were looking dangerous in possession.

Adam El-Abd couldn’t fully connect with a diving header from Joe Jacobson’s corner on 30 minutes and then Sido Jombati carried the ball forward before delivering a powerful shot which deflected into the side netting.

But for all of the visitors’ excellent attacking vigour, they almost fell behind to a simple chance presented to McGeady, who stayed alert to read a flick-on from a long punt forward and raced into the box, only to stroke the ball wastefully wide of the near post with his left foot.

Then Matthews kept possession smartly in the box and drilled a low cross from the byline which was kept away from danger by Ingram, with the Black Cats gradually growing into the ascendancy as the half drew towards its conclusion.

But the 0-0 scoreline at the break was the least that the Chairboys deserved, though it did spur the hosts on at the start of the second period, with their supporters eager to see their side take the game to their lower-placed visitors. Aiden McGeady’s clever cross caused a scare only for Joe Jacobson to divert it behind, and then a powerful drive from Reece James was blocked at source.

Then the noise was cranked up with a succession of corners as Wycombe needed to dig deep to keep their opponents at bay, and then Sunderland made a double change, introducing Josh Maja and Max Power for Jerome Sinclair and Dylan McGeouch.

Those two subs combined for Sunderland’s next chance, with Power’s wonderful raking pass finding Maja in space, but the forward’s shot deflected wide off the boot of El-Abd.

Dominic Gape looked to alleviate pressure with a speculative effort from distance at the other end, which was straight at McLaughlin, and then came the breakthrough, which stunned the Stadium of Light into silence apart from the 1,010 Chairboys fans in the heavens. It was a routine free-kick floated into the area by Jacobson, and with Jombati making his presence felt, the ball fell for an unmarked Onyedinma on the penalty spot, and he made no mistake in lashing home into the roof of the net.

Game on, then – with the Black Cats riled. Smart attacking play from Maguire drew a foul from Dominic Gape, who was booked for his misdemeanour, but McGeady’s free-kick from a dangerous position bounced off the wall for a corner.

Gareth Ainsworth then introduced Nathan Tyson from the bench for his first appearance of the season, replacing Randell Williams on 73 minutes, while Sunderland’s final change saw Reece James replaced by Bryan Oviedo.

Maja fired into the side netting following a spell of pinball and then headed over from a cross from the right, before Bryn Morris stopped Max Power’s low shot which followed a short corner played to the edge of the box.

Alex Samuel’s seemingly endless running was finally brought to a conclusion as Craig Mackail-Smith took his place on 82 minutes, and the new arrival almost saw the ball break kindly for him amidst a scramble in the Sunderland box before Jon McLaughlin gratefully landed on the ball.

And then straightaway at the other end, the equaliser came. It was Maja who got it, firing home after a low cross from the right-hand side of the box found its way to him, giving Ingram no chance.

Suddenly the Stadium of Light was rocking, with the home fans desperate to see their side complete a ninth successive win for the first time this millennium.

And it took a magnificent stop from Matt Ingram to keep the scores level as the clock struck 90, beating away Power’s well-struck shot from 25 yards after another short corner found him in space.

Paris Cowan-Hall replaced Onyedinma at the start of five minutes’ stoppage time, and he won a free-kick which nearly led to a chance from Mackail-Smith whose shot was snuffed out as he was set to pull the trigger.

Sunderland nearly won it through Lynden Gooch’s header which struck Jacobson en route to goal and then Ingram comfortably held a volley from the follow-up, sealing an excellent point for the Blues.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Sunderland (A, 17/11)

Follow the Chairboys to The Stadium Of Light on Saturday 17th November.

8 November 2018

Tickets for the Chairboys' first ever trip to the Stadium of Light on Saturday 17th November (k.o. 3pm) can now only be purchased on arrival.

Wanderers sold 764 tickets in advance of the fixture; tickets will also be available to purchase on the day of the game with no price increase.

Please note this fixture will NOT be available to watch live on iFollow from within the UK & Ireland.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult: £20
Over 65: £17.50
Under 22: £12.50
Under 16: £7.50

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Stadium Of Light from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: SR5 1SU

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Use the northbound M1 and at J32 take left lanes to join the M18. At J2 exit onto A1(M). At junction 62, take the A690 exit to Sunderland / Durham. After about eight miles, you will reach a roundabout, at which turn left onto the A19, signposted for the Tyne Tunnel. Stay in the left-hand lane and take the second slip road towards Sunderland (signposted Stadium of Light, A1231 Sunderland). This takes you onto a bridge crossing over the River Wear. Turn right onto the A1231 following the signs for Sunderland. Go straight over four roundabouts into Sunderland. Then go through two sets of traffic lights (keeping in the left-hand lane at the second set, going straight on towards Roker rather than the city centre) and you will see the Stadium car park on your right, about a mile after the traffic lights.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 274 (approx. journey time 4 hours 35 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There is only limited parking at the ground and there is a residents’ only parking scheme in operation on streets close to the stadium. You can park at the Stadium of Light Metro Station (cost £4) or alternatively park in the city centre and walk to the ground (about 10-15 minutes). There is also a 'Park & Ride' scheme in operation on matchdays, free for both home and away supporters. This is situated at Sunderland Enterprise Park, which is well signposted just off the A1231. Buses run every five minutes, for 90 minutes before kickoff and continue after the game until everyone has gone.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 07.00. Travel prices are £34 for adults, £33 for seniors, and £32 for juniors. The price for non-members is £39 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot).  If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday 15th November at 17.00 hrs.

Using the train?
Grand Central do operate a direct service from Kings Cross to Sunderland. On the outward leg there is a departure from Kings Cross at 07:06 arriving at Sunderland at 11.50. On the return there is a direct service at 17:29 (arrives KX at 22:04). Following that there is a departure at 18:29, changing at Newcastle, that arrives Kings Cross at 23:18. Sunderland Railway Station is located just under one mile away from the Stadium of Light and takes around 15-20 minutes to walk. For anyone using the Metro the nearest station is St Peters.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 49,000 (all seated). Away fans are now housed in the Upper Tier of the North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,000 fans can be housed for league games. The facilities are good but you do have to climb a large number of flights of stairs to reach this top tier.

Spare time on your hands?
The Club have opened a Fan Zone which is located outside the South East part of the stadium. It is available to both home and away supporters. Entry is free. Alternatively, there are two social clubs; the Sunderland Companions club, and the New Democratic Club, both on North Bridge Street which are about a five-minute walk away from the stadium. Although they get very busy they do welcome away supporters. The Albion pub, on Victor Street, off Roker Avenue, is a five-minute walk from the ground, with some parking nearby.

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