North East UK news 'It should have been four or five' - Jamie McAllister reacts to Sunderland's EFL Trophy win against Port Vale PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Sunderland booked their place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy with a comfortable win over Port Vale at the Stadium of Light
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sunderland breezed into the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy with a comprehensive 2-0 win against Port Vale - and assistant head coach Jamie McAllister said the Black Cats should have scored 'four or five'. Aiden O'Brien put Sunderland ahead against the League Two side midway through the first half at the Stadium of Light, but the Wearsiders had to wait until deep into injury-time at the end of the game before sub Aiden McGeady converted a penalty to give them a two-goal cushion. But the scoreline did not do Sunderland's performance justice, as they twice hit the woodwork and created a series of excellent chances before McGeady made the game safe. "If we keep creating the chances it'll come. It should have been four or five tonight, but 2-0, we are in the hat and it was a very good performance," said McAllister. Read More Related Articles Sunderland 2-0 Port Vale player ratings - Black Cats stroll into Quarter Final of EFL Trophy Read More Related Articles Sunderland 2-0 Port Vale match report - Black Cats stroll into Quarter Final of Papa John's trophy "We were comfortable, we totally dominated the game, created some lovely opportunities and hit the bar a few times. "You're always looking for that second goal to comfortable but I still think we had total control of the game, and then we got the penalty at the end. "You can see how things are progressing. "We played a slightly different shape tonight, a kind of 4-2-2-2 and it caused them problems because they couldn't really deal with the two up front and then the two numbers tens in behind, the two number sixes dominated the game, and the two full-backs were high and wide to give us the width and pin their wingers back." Head coach Lee Johnson made seven changes to the side that drew against Hull City in the league at the weekend, handing a series of fringe players and youngsters a chance to shine. O'Brien was one of those, as were the likes of Dan Neil, Elliot Embleton, Chris Maguire, and Jordan Willis.
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. "Aiden [O'Brien] was very good at linking the play, he made some good runs in behind, he was a constant threat and him and Goochy did well up top together, then Embo [Embleton] and Chrissy [Maguire] were good in behind feeding them. "We played forward well today, we broke the lines really well, it was just that execution we lacked to get that next goal to be comfortable. "It was a great performance, something to build on and it gives us some momentum, because there's no better feeling than winning games."
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Carl Winchester will ease the workload on Grant Leadbitter, says Jamie McAllister Neil was substituted at half-time after taking a knock on the ankle, but McAllister said he was taken off as a precaution. He said: "I thought Dan and Scowy [Josh Scowen] gave us control of the game, but Dan got clipped on the ankle and at half-time it swelled up and he was limping so we didn't want to risk it and we took him off as a precaution. "You can see what a good player he is, a good young talent." Defender Willis also went off in the second half, but again it was just a precaution. McAllister said: "I thought Jordan was excellent. Him and Bailey [Wright] tidied up really well together, picked everything up and then started off attacks with good forward passes. "He felt a little bit of cramp in his right calf, so that was why we looked after him and took him off."
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