Amad Diallo scores beautifully but the former Rangers loanee can’t help Sunderland avoid a blow in the play-off quest

Amad Diallo scored a cracker as Sunderland’s hopes of finishing in the English Championship play-off places were hit hard.

Tony Mowbray’s men are now winless in three games, taking just one point in that process, following defeat to top six chasers Coventry City. The win puts the hosts one point behind the Black Cats, having played one game less and just two points behind sixth-placed Luton Town.

Former Celtic loanee Patrick Roberts also missed a great chance to level the score at 1-0. Excellent work from former Rangers player Diallo to get past his man and fire a cross into the box caused havoc, but when the ball landed at the feet of Hoops’ favourite, he rushed his effort and fired wide when he really should have. better. You could see the frustration on his face as he buried his face in his hands.

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15 minutes later, Viktor Gyokeres doubled Coventry’s lead following Jamie Allen’s opener to create a two-goal cushion, but Diallo netted a great goal to set up a great finish when he took a touch and sent the ball into the top corner beyond from Ben Wilson in the fourth. Minute of six added.

However, it wasn’t enough for Sunderland, who now sit eighth in the table and could drop further depending on today’s results in the other fixtures. Now they face a massive five-game skid that will have a key word in their season.

They begin with a home game with Stoke City before a trip to face Norwich City. Then there are back-to-back outings at the Stadium of Light against Sheffield United and Luton Town before a trip to league leaders Burnley.

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Four of the five games in that run are with direct rivals looking to end the season in automatic promotion or play-off places in a bid to reach the English Premier League.

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