Some Sunderland fans react to Josh Hawkes display in Premier League 2 playoff semi-final win
A number of Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to praise Josh Hawkes for his Monday night display as the Black Cats Under-23s reached the Premier League 2 Division 2 playoff final.
The 22-year-old attacker has enjoyed a superb season in the Premier League 2, registering a staggering 13 goals and six assists from 20 matches.
And on Monday night, Hawkes played a major role in helping Sunderland’s U23s run out 2-0 winners at Stoke in their semi-final in Staffordshire.
The former Hartlepool man was a thorn in the opposition’s side all game, coming close on several occasions, before breaking the deadlock early in the second half.
Hawkes slotted home from the edge of the area after being teed up by Stephen Wearne.
And on 65 minutes, Hawkes turned provider for Younger, who glanced a fine header into the top left corner.
The Stockton-born ace has made just one senior appearance for Sunderland and is yet to feature in the league for Lee Johnson’s side.
And on social media, Some Sunderland fans have praised his latest efforts, with a couple wanting him to get a chance in the first team:
Josh hawkes is looking the real deal good finish and great ball in for an assist #SAFC
— stub (@safcftm2015) May 17, 2021
Give Josh Hawkes the keys to the city.
— 🔴⚪ (@Camer0nJohnson) May 17, 2021
Josh Hawkes is class mind
— Alan Hunter (@HuntaThePunta2) May 17, 2021
Oliver Younger now sporting a head bandage after that headed goal.
A great header, it must be said, and a terrific delivery from Hawkes.
Superb away performance, this.#SAFC
— Mark Donnelly (@markdonnelly_) May 17, 2021
— JW (@JoshWilsonn_) May 17, 2021
Sunderland 23’s have been mismanaged for years, this season it shows the club is going in the right direction, Josh Hawkes has been superb I’ve run of of words to describe him. This team deserve so much win or lose the final did I expect us to even be here absolutely not #SAFC
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) May 17, 2021
Every time I see Josh Hawkes, I can’t help but immediately think of Lincoln Hawk in the absolute awesome 80s film, Over the Top
— Paul Wilkinson (@WilkySafc) May 17, 2021
I have said for at least 3 month, on @bbcnewcastle #Totalsport. Josh Hawkes should be in and around the first team. He’s bossing the 23s on a weekly basis. Bags another goal and an assist in their play off tonight. Making LJ look about as clueless as PP currently. #safc
— Bradley Sharp (@bradsafc) May 17, 2021
Sunderland will face Crystal Palace in the final at Selhurst Park, date to be announced.
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