Lee Johnson Press Conference RECAP: Everything the Sunderland head coach had to say ahead of the huge Ipswich Town clash, including details on Anthony Patterson’s recall, Nathan Broadhead’s fitness and Aiden McGeady

The Black Cats had more than a week to prepare for the game following their 1-1 draw with Bradford in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Sunderland’s game against Lincoln, which was scheduled to be played last weekend, has been postponed due to internationals, meaning Johnson’s side have escaped the playoffs due to other results.

As they sit seventh in the table, Sunderland have games in hand on the sides above them, but heavy losses at Rotherham and Sheffield on Wednesday raised concerns over Wearside.

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Johnson will address the media today as his side prepare for a busy series of games that will see them play seven times in 22 days.

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Last update: Friday November 19th, 2021, 02:05 PM

  • Sunderland will return to action when they face Ipswich in League One this weekend.
  • Lee Johnson provides details on Anthony Patterson’s recall.
  • Nathan Broadhead gives Lee Johnson food for thought.
  • Lee Johnson wants Sunderland to “mark his authority” on League One.
  • Johnson provides update on Aiden McGeady

“As a manager you always feel at the mercy of the football gods, but I have a strong belief in the players and the project of what we can do.

“I am confident in what we can change and what we can improve.”

“With the young players that we have, especially on the left side – let’s be honest, if they were the finished article one would still be with Tottenham and the other at Man City.

“There is clearly talent within our team, we really believe in it.

“For me, the process over the past two weeks has been to make sure people are honest.”

McGeady will be important

“Geads played without our knowledge with a hamstring injury in Rotherham. It ended up having a bad effect in this particular game.

“We had to go back to the drawing board with him.

“The game lasts about more than two or three minutes each individual has on the ball. He’s going to be an important player for us over the next 11 games. ”

Johnson hopes to impose his authority on League One

“We definitely had areas that we needed to resolve. There are so many stories in the house. In football, they are quickly highlighted by short spells.

“We’re on a new journey and I think we can really mark our authority over this division over the next 11 games.

“We want to prove to everyone that we are worthy of their encouragement and trust.”

Johnson hopes to involve Broadhead more

“Nathan is a very good player. I love to watch him play and I love working with him. I am very grateful to Everton for allowing us to have him and trust us for his development.

“He didn’t have as many minutes as he would have hoped, which may have been due to the good start and then to the injury he ultimately suffered.

“He’s definitely someone we’re looking to fit into the starting XI.”

Johnson awaits Ipswich match ‘

“It’s been a difficult two weeks. You don’t like feeling like you’re not winning football matches. You have to be honest enough to say that we have let people down.

“It’s a great game for us. Ipswich has really improved a lot. They didn’t have the best start, but look where they are now.

When you have played as many matches as I have as a player and manager, you will have these scenarios.

I have always maintained that passion must be channeled. “

“Lee Burge has a hip flexor problem. He also had it at the start of the season. You wouldn’t expect him to be away for too long. It’s probably a seven to ten day injury.

“It would have been easy to keep Patto around and be the second or third pick, but he’s a brilliant young goalie who has real potential to be a future number one.”

The international break is timely

It happened at a very good time. We needed to recover.

We were able to get minutes into the players which needed to be a bit more specific.

I feel like we’re coming out of this spell in the right place

Carl Winchester on the Ipswich test

Here’s what Sunderland full-back Carl Winchester said about Ipswich ahead of tomorrow’s game.

“They have recruited a lot of quality players this summer, and we know what they are capable of,” he added. he told SAFC.com.

“We’ve been working hard all week in training and I’m sure that will show during the game.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to take three points and gain momentum before a busy period.”

We’ll have a full injury update for Johnson this afternoon, and hopefully the hiatus has given some of his players a chance to recover.

Johnson said the postponement of last weekend’s game could be a chance to get Aiden McGeady up to optimal physical condition, while Ross stewart had been struggling with a shoulder problem.

Stewart trained this week, while his fellow striker Nathan Broadhead came back from a hamstring injury before the break.

Lynden gooch also came back to the side with a foot problem.

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