Sunderland have taken a turn for the worse over the past week and following an embarrassing mid-week defeat to Scunthorpe, fans are keen for the clash against Gillingham to be forfeited.
The Black Cats are due to play the FA Cup replay next week, but Phil Parkinson suggested the game could be postponed due to players being away on international duty.
That news isn’t what supporters want to hear, as another fixture against Burton the following Tuesday could make scheduling difficult, and therefore some fans would be more than happy to see the Mackems withdraw from the competition.
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At the very least, others feel it is not worth delaying and clogging up the fixture list, and instead offer an alternative – for the youngsters to play.
After all, given Sunderland’s form under Parkinson – two wins in eight games – some of the fanbase probably feel they could do no worse than the first-team.
Here is some of the reaction to the manager’s comments and the calls for their team to lose against the Gills.
Just give them a bye into the next round, save everyone the bother of actually playing the match
— Gavin Moan (@safc_crazy) November 12, 2019
Just sack it off and give them the win tbh
— Lanine Jatchford (@shaneyboy2352) November 12, 2019
Just give the tie to Gillingham and let’s move on
— How good is Buggy (@Jitterry) November 12, 2019
Just forfeit the game. We have 100 point season to focus on
— Matt Anderson (@_manderson94) November 12, 2019
Just forfeit the replay, it’s not like we’re going to win
— hannah (@brownh1989) November 13, 2019
Right, can we be done with this competition, and the rest of them to be honest. Lose to Gillingham. Let’s put everything we have into getting out of this league! #SAFC
— Billy Smillie (@Billy_Smillie) November 12, 2019