Date: 16th January 2020 at 8:05am
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It was a monumental win for Phil Parkinson on the weekend as he watched his side beat Wycombe Wanderers 4-0. The win was important in many ways. It marked Parkinson’s first back-to-back wins in charge of Sunderland. It was only the second time Parkinson’s Sunderland scored more than one goal while keeping a clean sheet, the first being against Tranmere in his second game in charge. But most importantly, it extended his team’s unbeaten run to six matches.

With Wycombe being in first-place before the match, it was a big test for Sunderland. The scale of the win was, therefore, made even more impressive. One fan applauded Wycombe’s manager, Gareth Ainsworth, and his staff for staying after the match to shake each Sunderland player’s hand as they walked off the field. It was a great gesture that many Sunderland fans appreciated.

Is Phil Parkinson a better manager than Gareth Ainsworth?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Others had little respect for the manager. They aren’t fooled by this gesture and still claim that his team effectively cheats to win.

What do we think?

At the end of the day, it is great to see this level of sportsmanship shown by Ainsworth. It is easy for a losing manager to throw a tantrum or come up with excuses after facing defeat. It shows a lot of class to hold up your hand and applaud the other team for just being better. Fair play Gareth… fair play.