Saturday’s hero Benji Kimpioka was left on the bench for 80 minutes in Sunderland’s loss to Burton Albion.
Sunderland went ahead through Aiden McGeady but goals from Ryan Edwards and Liam Boyce turned things around for the visitors. Phil Parkinson’s run now stretches to just two wins in 11 games since taking over from Jack Ross.
Parkinson made the peculiar decision to stick with Will Grigg last night. The Northern Ireland striker has been in disastrous form this season, managing just one goal in the league.
Sunderland fans wanted Kimpioka
He was axed last weekend against Coventry and his replacement – Kimpioka – scored a late equaliser. But the Sweden youth international was not rewarded with a start in the side.
In fact, he was only given 10 minutes as Sunderland chased the game against the Brewers. This is a move that left Sunderland fans bemused and dumbfounded. They want to see their talented youngsters given an opportunity, especially when they have earned the chance.
Here are some tweets from disgruntled Sunderland fans after Kimpioka was left on the bench until the 80th minute.
How Kimpioka only played 13 minutes in that game is beyond me. And is indicative of how poor a manager PP is.
— Paul Summerside (@summerside49) November 26, 2019
The only 3 players genuinely looking for the ball were Power, O’Nien & Watmore, none of which have an end product. Kimpioka did too, but what’s the use bringing him on 10 minutes late? Went 2-1 down, at home may I add, & we drop O’Nien to full back and still play 4-4-2.
— Bradley (@Bradley_Safc) November 26, 2019
He hasn’t a clue with anything. Kimpioka won us a point mid week. He got 10 minutes again tonight. Maguire was brought on before him …
— Speak Sunderland (@SpeakSAFC) November 26, 2019
— Neil Farrington (@Neilfarrington) November 26, 2019
Brings Kimpioka on with only 12 mins to go tells us he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
— stroller (@nigeynugs) November 26, 2019
Should have happened after 55 minutes atleast
— Jamie Kitto (@jmkitto) November 26, 2019