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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Sunderland

17 September 2021

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Fleetwood Town face Sunderland on Saturday 18 September at Highbury in a Sky Bet League One fixture, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Sunderland

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 18 September 2021

Kick-off: 15:00

Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX

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FLEETWOOD TOWN

Fleetwood are on a good run of form as they head into their next league fixture, which is against Lee Johnson’s Black Cats at Highbury on Saturday. Last time out, they managed to beat Rotherham United 4-2 away from home as they extended their unbeaten run to four games in all competitions.

Town opened the scoring in the game through a Callum Morton strike in the first half and, even though the hosts gained the lead after goals from Michael Smith and Kieran Sadlier, Fleetwood managed to convert three more chances in the second half through Ged Garner, Danny Andrew, and Callum Camps.

In the game before, Town started their Papa John’s Trophy campaign at Highbury as they beat Leicester City 4-1 ensuring a comfortable beginning to the competition for Simon Grayson’s men.

Morton netted his first goal not long after the start with his right, then his second with his left at the end of the first half, and finally completed his hat-trick after the restart with his head to complete his hat-trick against the Foxes. Ryan Edmondson added a fourth later, with Jacob Wakeling scoring a consolation late on in the game for the visitors.

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SUNDERLAND

The Black Cats have had almost a perfect start to their campaign this year as they have managed to win seven out of their eight games so far, with their latest game being a 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley at the Stadium of Light.

It was a game that Sunderland started the better with Daniel Neill opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, but Accrington pulled one back at the half-hour mark through Michael Nottingham to make both sides go into the break on level terms. A Carl Winchester goal in the 58th minute was the difference in this game as Johnson’s side took all three points from the tie.

In the game before, they overcame recently relegated Wycombe Wanderers at home, winning the game 3-1 on the day. Ross Stewart secured a brace in the game, with Ross Embleton adding another to the scoreline and even though David Wheeler found the back of the net late on for the Chairboys, it was too late to start a comeback.

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LAST THREE MEETINGS

Fixture: Sunderland 2-0 Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021

Venue: Stadium of Light

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Fixture: Fleetwood Town 1-1 Sunderland

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Friday 27 November 2020

Venue: Highbury Stadium

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Fixture: Fleetwood Town 2-1 Rotherham United

Competition: Papa John’s Trophy

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2020

Venue: Highbury Stadium

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Fleetwood Town

Draws

Sunderland

H2H results

2

4

1

PRE-MATCH QUOTES: SIMON GRAYSON

Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the local press ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Sunderland this Saturday at Highbury Stadium. Here is what the gaffer had to say in his interview:

“I don’t focus on the league table, nor do I read it at this point, and I’m not interested in what other teams do, our main focus is how we’re doing; allegedly Sunderland are top of the table but we have to make sure we embrace these games.

“Not many teams enjoy coming to Highbury, they will look at us and see we’re on a decent run of form and have some quality players, we do have to respect Sunderland though, they will think they’re far too big for the division and will think they have been here for far too long, no-one has a divine right to get out of the division, you have to earn it.”

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