Sunderland flexed their muscle in fine style by condemning Wycombe to a 4-0 defeat on Saturday, a loss which saw them lose their place at the top of the table.
It was an energetic display from the home side, who combined their quality with a desire that hasn’t often been seen this season, much to the delight of fans.
The convincing win over the Chairboys will feel even sweeter for both Phil Parkinson and supporters, as the Black Cats’ boss suffered defeat in his first game in charge in the match at Adams’ Park, while Darius Charles’ comments post-match also riled supporters.
— Roker Report (@RokerReport) January 11, 2020
Speaking after he scored the winner in a 1-0 Wycombe victory, he said:
“They came here and I felt that they were quite smug and they came with this Sunderland presence and I just wanted to let them known that you’re in our house and you play by our rules.”
Charles’ words understandably irritated fans, but journalist Lee Howey also revealed that his comments affected the Sunderland players, too, and their thirst for revenge was evident by the way in which they played on Saturday.
Chris Maguire, who told Howey the thoughts of the players, clearly demonstrated his desire for payback, scoring two goals, both of which he celebrated with real passion – the first in the face of the opposition goalkeeper.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 11, 2020
Sunderland’s official twitter account also used the opportunity to mock Charles and Wycombe, and it certainly seems that there has been no love lost between the two clubs.
In other news, fans of the Black Cats have been reacting to the recent departure of a player who simply didn’t fit under Parkinson.