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The Big Match Preview: Sunderland vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

10 January 2020

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Sunderland vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 11th January 2020 (kick off 3pm)
Stadium of Light
Referee: Andy Davies

After a 10-day break from the action, Wanderers head north looking to complete a league double over Sunderland in one of the most hotly-anticipated fixtures in the Chairboys calendar.

Their 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light last term was expected to be a one-time visit for a league meeting between the sides, but the Black Cats fell at the final hurdle in their quest for promotion and need a strong second half of the current campaign to clinch a return to the second tier.

Phil Parkinson's first game in charge of Sunderland was their 1-0 defeat at Adams Park in the reverse fixture in October, and he's overcome a difficult run of results to hit form going into Saturday's visit of the Chairboys, collecting nine points from their last five games - in which they remained undefeated.

Gareth Ainsworth's men are hoping for a return to winning ways after a challenging festive period, but may also need to depend on the joint best defensive record in the division if they are to come back down the M1 with an extra point or three for their tally.

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Wycombe sold out its initial allocation of 600 tickets, but there will be plenty available on arrival.

Wanderers fans will be accommodated in the North Stand Upper, Tier 3, Blocks P32 and P34.

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £20
Seniors (65+): £17
Under 22: £12
Under 16: £7

*Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Adams Park until 12pm on Friday 10th January, or from the home club's stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

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Dominic Gape, Curtis Thompson and Jack Grimmer all underwent late assessments on their respective injuries and could be in contention, while Fred Onyedinma has returned to outdoor training and is close to a return. Newcastle loanee Rolando Aarons could also feature against his parent club's local rivals in the last game of his scheduled loan period.

Sunderland have been linked with a host of new signings and could spring a surprise to their teamsheet ahead of kick-off, while ex-Blue Luke O'Nien is expected to be fit to play following an illness.

Wycombe will play in blue at the Stadium of Light.

The referee is experienced official Andy Davies, who last officiated a Wycombe game in April - the 2-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

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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 = 271 (approx. journey time 4 hours 45 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There is only limited parking at the ground itself and there is a residents only parking scheme in operation on streets close to the stadium (especially on the estate behind the North Stand).SAFC advise fans to use car parks at St. Mary’s (SR1 3AH), Sunniside (SR1 1UL) and The Bridges (SR1 3PZ). These are all just a 10 to 15-minute walk from the stadium. Parking charges apply. Alternatively, supporters can take advantage of SAFC’s ‘Park and Ride’ or ‘Park and Walk’ schemes. The Park and Ride scheme runs from the Sunderland Enterprise Park on Wessington Way (A1231), which is easily accessible from the A19 and is clearly signposted ‘Park and Ride’ (SR5 3XG).

Using the train?
This is possible from London Kings Cross. There is a 07:30 departure, changing at Newcastle, arriving in Sunderland at 13:01. On the return there is a service departing at 17:30, again changing at Newcastle, arriving KX at 23:03. 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, but please take note of possible bus replacement services which may be in operation on the day.

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Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 49,000 (all seated). Away fans are housed in the Upper Tier of the Carling North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,000 fans can be accommodated. The turnstiles open 90 minutes before kickoff and the away turnstiles are numbered 69-72. We have been given an initial allocation of just under 600 seats in Tier 3, Blocks P32 and P34. The facilities are good, but you do have to climb many flights of stairs to reach this top tier.

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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Watch live on iFollow from outside the UK & Ireland, or listen to the audio commentary (£2.50 for the game, £4.49 monthly, or £45 for the year).

 

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Match Reports

Report: Sunderland 4-0 Wycombe

Wanderers hit by first-half onslaught at the Stadium of Light.

11 January 2020

Wycombe succumbed to a 4-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light as three first-half goals put Sunderland on track for a comfortable victory on Saturday afternoon.

Charlie Wyke and Denver Hume had the hosts two goals to the good before Chris Maguire placed home a penalty to stun the visitors, and Maguire added a second with an excellent free-kick in the second period to wrap up the win.

Gareth Ainsworth was able to name Dominic Gape and Curtis Thompson in midfield after the pair returned from injury problems, while Adebayo Akinfenwa was named on the bench as Wanderers opted for a pacier approach up top.

David Wheeler saw an early shot blocked from the edge of the box as Dominic Gape and Curtis Thompson kept the ball alive following Paul Smyth’s long throw, and Wheeler then had a shot deflected wide when Ryan Allsop’s long kick fell into his path, before neither Darius Charles or Anthony Stewart could quite convert Joe Jacobson’s dangerous inswinging corner.

But a sucker punch came at the other end just six minutes in, as Sunderland took the lead with their first attack. Lynden Gooch was picked out unmarked on the left-hand side of the box and laid a low cross on a plate for Charlie Wyke to tuck home from close range as he edged in front of his marker.

Wycombe remained strongly in the game without testing the keeper, and then came a moment of real class from the Black Cats fans who observed a moving minute’s applause for young Wanderers fan Oliver Darlington, who lost his battle with sepsis last week at the age of just 13.

Those Sunderland supporters were back on their feet two minutes later celebrating their second of the game, with Jordan Willis finding space down the right to deliver a low cross which was dummied by Chris Maguire at the front post and lashed home by the onrushing Denver Hume from 12 yards out.

Then came the third. Referee Andy Davies judged that Anthony Stewart had illegally blocked off Lynden Gooch as he chased down Charles’ backpass to Ryan Allsop and pointed to the spot, giving Maguire the chance to bury the penalty before being booked for a classless celebration in the face of Allsop.

Wyke was denied a second of the game when Stewart expertly diverted George Dobson’s low cross behind for a corner to prevent the striker from tapping into an empty net after Dobson combined excellently with Luke O’Nien, and then Tom Flanagan’s half-volley from a tight angle was tipped onto the bar with Allsop as Wycombe tried desperately to remain in the game in any fashion.

Gareth Ainsworth was prompted into making a change as early as 28 minutes, bringing on Adebayo Akinfenwa for Giles Phillips and moving Curtis Thompson to right-back.

The incoming striker almost made an instant impact, flicking Smyth’s long throw on target, before normal order was restored with a chance for Sunderland, headed wide by Jordan Willis.

If there was a positive at half-time, it was that Wycombe had at least weathered the storm, but this was increasingly looking like a painful afternoon particularly for the visiting fans who’d left home in the early hours in the hope of seeing a competitive display and positive outcome.

Sunderland brought on Joel Lynch for Tom Flanagan at the interval, and the hosts had the first chance of the second period when Gooch drilled a low cross-shot wide of the far post, and Wyke had a golden chance to net again when Gooch played in his team-mate who slid in but touched it wide.

Wanderers went close when Alex Samuel helped on Curtis Thompson’s curling shot from 20 yards, but it landed just over, and then Allsop did well to beat away Gooch’s drive at the end of a patient build-up.

Half chances arrived with blocked shots from Joe Jacobson and Paul Smyth, before Dominic Gape and Smyth made way for Alex Pattison and Josh Parker.

Sunderland’s fourth goal was the best of the bunch, with Maguire curling home a sumptuous free-kick from 25 yards, clipping the underside of the bar with his effort after Wyke had been fouled by Stewart.

Alex Samuel almost had a consolation but Jon McLaughlin blocked his poked effort from close range, before Sunderland introduced Marc McNulty for Lynden Gooch as the game drew towards its conclusion.

McLaughlin made two more fine saves in the final minute to deny Wheeler and Samuel a consolation, and now it's all eyes on a return to Adams Park for the visit of Rochdale next Saturday.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Sunderland (A, 11/01)

Join us at the first away game of 2020.

16 December 2019

Tickets for Wanderers' first away game of the new decade - the trip to the Stadium of Light to meet Sunderland on Saturday 11th January 2020, kick-off 3pm - can now only be purchased on arrival at the Stadium of Light.

Wycombe fans will be accommodated in the North Stand Upper, Tier 3, Blocks P32 and P34.

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £20
Seniors (65+): £17
Under 22: £12
Under 16: £7

*Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Adams Park until 12pm on Friday 10th January, or from the home club's stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

To book coach travel, visit http://www.owwsa.co.uk.

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 = 271 (approx. journey time 4 hours 45 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There is only limited parking at the ground itself and there is a residents only parking scheme in operation on streets close to the stadium (especially on the estate behind the North Stand).SAFC advise fans to use car parks at St. Mary’s (SR1 3AH), Sunniside (SR1 1UL) and The Bridges (SR1 3PZ). These are all just a 10 to 15-minute walk from the stadium. Parking charges apply. Alternatively, supporters can take advantage of SAFC’s ‘Park and Ride’ or ‘Park and Walk’ schemes. The Park and Ride scheme runs from the Sunderland Enterprise Park on Wessington Way (A1231), which is easily accessible from the A19 and is clearly signposted ‘Park and Ride’ (SR5 3XG).

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 07.00. Travel prices are £35 for adults, £34 for seniors, and £33 for juniors. The price for non-members is £40 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). Non-members are required to pay at the time of booking their seat.  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 9th January at 5pm.

Using the train?
This is possible from London Kings Cross. There is a 07:30 departure, changing at Newcastle, arriving in Sunderland at 13:01. On the return there is a service departing at 17:30, again changing at Newcastle, arriving KX at 23:03. 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, but please take note of possible bus replacement services which may be in operation on the day.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 49,000 (all seated). Away fans are housed in the Upper Tier of the Carling North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,000 fans can be accommodated. The turnstiles open 90 minutes before kickoff and the away turnstiles are numbered 69-72. We have been given an initial allocation of just under 600 seats in Tier 3, Blocks P32 and P34. The facilities are good, but you do have to climb many flights of stairs to reach this top tier.

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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