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Parkinson praise for Black Cats' response.

Byline: James Hunter

PHIL Parkinson says Sunderland's victory over Ipswich Town was the perfect response to defeat at Portsmouth.

The Black Cats saw their nine-game unbeaten run come to an end at Fratton Park last weekend, but they immediately got their promotion bid back on track through Chris Maguire.

Sunderland dominated in the second period and twice hit the woodwork before Maguire's goal made it six wins out of nine.

"Ipswich are a good team and we knew they would come with some response to their heavy defeat at home last week, and they certainly did," said Parkinson.

"They started quickly, we were a bit slow to get into our stride, a bit slow in our build-up play in the first half, although we did grow into the game towards the end of the first half.

"At half-time we said that we needed to speed the game up, get Ipswich on to the back foot, step on to them all over the pitch, play with a bit more forward momentum, and when we did that you felt there was only one winner."

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Author:James Hunter
Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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