Parkinson has this key message for Sunderland as they looks to reignite automatic promotion charge

Sunderland wasted a major chance to close the gap to automatic promotion spots against Gillingham over the weekend, with Parkinson heavily critical of his team’s defending in the closing stages.

Rotherham defeat to Rochdale which means that Sunderland eventually gained a point on the top two, and Parkinson is wary of his side suffering a similar fate.

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While acknowledging that the stakes are high for side this week, he would not put any extra pressure on his players to win against a Bristol Rovers side in dire form.


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