Port Vale vs Sunderland team selector – Would you make changes for the FA Cup clash?

Port Vale vs Sunderland team selector - Would you make changes for the FA Cup clash?

Sunderlands Adam Matthews shortlisted for PFAs player of the month for October award

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But while the Black Cats are plying their trade in League One, the financial boost they could receive from the cup competitions shouldnt be dismissed.

It hasnt really worked out for Evans so far, though. As Derby sit in the Championship play-off spots, hes had to make do with just 117 minutes of first team football due to a painful knee injury that kept him out until the beginning of August. Since his return to fitness at the beginning of October, hes yet to appear for the high-flying Rams.

As executive director Charlie Methven pointed out, Sunderland could significantly benefit if Jack Ross side are successful in the FA Cup or Checkatrade Trophy this campaign.

“These things do start to matter, including things like whether you’re going to get on TV or not,” said Methven.

“That’s the reality once you’re outside of the Premier League and your revenue base is something like £20million, which is actually pretty high.”

Liam Bridcutt, Will Buckley, James Vaughan and Jason Steele were all disappointing additions but Sunderlands Legaue One journey so far is proving that there are gems to be discovered.

Sunderland travel to Port Vale in the FA Cup first round on Sunday (2:30pm kick-off), and will pocket £36,000 if they progress.

The Black Cats will also gain extra funds for the game being broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with both clubs receiving £75,000 as a result.

It is the first time in three decades that the Black Cats will enter the competition at the first round stage, and the rewards for reaching the third round could be valuable.

With the prize money on offer and the chance to maintain momentum, the Black Cats are expected to treat the competition seriously, despite promotion the ultimate goal when May 2019 comes round.

Not only would Sunderlands prize money rise to £54,000, but they could also draw a top-flight opponent and clinch a lucrative televised fixture.

Adam Matthews has been nominated for the Bristol Street Motors PFA Fans Player of the Month award for October.

The Black Cats have not budgeted for success in either competition and while promotion is very much the priority, Charlie Methven admits that good performances in both can be a very welcome bonus in the clubs battle for greater financial stability.

Sunderland now see cup competitions as revenue-raisers, as well as a shot at glory

The Wales international, who signed for the club from Celtic in 2015, has been ever-present in Jack Ross starting XI this season, making 12 appearances in Sky Bet League One.

Sunderlands brilliant October sees Jack Ross nominated as League One manager of the month

Sunderland were unbeaten in October, with the Lads picking up 13 points from a possible 15, while also defeating Carlisle United in the Checkatrade Trophy.

With four clean sheets in their last four games, the Black Cats defence has played a pivotal role in a six-game winning run that has taken the club to second in the table.

Sunderland went unbeaten in five league games during the month, picking up 13 points and moving to the brink of the automatic promotion spots.

Matthews started in each of those games alongside Tom Flanagan, Reece James, Jack Baldwin, with the quartet providing immense protection to Jon McLaughlins goal. 

Plymouth Argyles Freddie Ladapo, Oxford Uniteds Simon Eastwood and Tony McMahon, Barnsleys Brad Potts and Rochdales Ian Henderson have also been nominated.

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