Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland: Black Cats boss Lee Johnson makes big pledge ahead of Hillsborough clash

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson has vowed that ‘bravery’ will be at the forefront of his thinking as he prepares to send out what could be a changed team to face Sheffield Wednesday tonight.

Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 2:36 pm

The Black Cats are heading back to South Yorkshire off the back of a humbling 5-1 defeat to Rotherham United at the weekend and Johnson hinted that there could be a shake-up in the side to face the Owls.

"I can guarantee that the eleven who will start, it will be ones who when I got to sleep at night I can trust that they will run around, sprint, tackle, use their physicality to the best they possibly can," he said.

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Sunderland manager Lee Johnson brings his Black Cats team to Hillsborough on Tuesday night to take on Sheffield Wedneaday in League One

"And if it doesn't go quite right for them with two or three passes, that they will continue to be brave and try and get on the ball.

"That simplification of what we do, and how we need to do it, has to get us on the front foot and be able to play an awful lot better than we did today."

Sunderland’s players were kept back by the boss for a considerable time after Saturday’s defeat and following that, Johnson added: "It's very easy to hand out home truths after a game like that but we're pretty honest anyway.

"We have got a couple of problems that need resolving, but so does every other squad in the land.

"We knew we had to compete, and we didn't, and that's what was so frustrating.”