Jack Ross transcript: Sunderland boss on Aiden McGeady, Ozturk red and takeover talk – ChronicleLive

Jack Ross transcript: Sunderland boss on Aiden McGeady, Ozturk red and takeover talk - ChronicleLive

Team news: McGeady and Watmore latest

Jack Ross has provided a fitness update over attacking duo Aiden McGeady and Duncan Watmore ahead of Thursdays Sky Bet League One Play-off second leg at Portsmouth.

McGeady was forced to withdraw from the first leg warm-up on Saturday after hed initially been named in the starting XI to face Portsmouth.

Sunderland head into the second leg of their play-off semi-final against Portsmouth with a one-goal advantage to take to Fratton Park.

Watmore, meanwhile, is back in training and close to full fitness after enduring a spell on the sidelines with an ankle ligaments injury picked up at Wycombe Wanderers in March. 

Naylor had a number of potential suitors chasing his signature – including Sunderland – but felt the Blues would give him the best chance of returning to the Championship. 

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Speaking at Tuesdays press conference, Ross provided the latest on the pair as Sunderland look to make the most of their first leg advantage and seal their place in the final at Wembley.

Naylor, who has scored four goals in 54 games to date this term, stressed every member of Kenny Jacketts squad are endeavouring to take Pompey up. 

He continued: Duncan has trained well and with that in mind hes probably put himself into my thoughts for Thursday.

Ross confirmed after the game the injections McGeady had been taking did not work to their usual affect, forcing him withdraw from the matchday squad all-together.

Thats all you can do when youre a sub. Youve got to come on and make your mark or try and help the team out and to come on and get the winner and the way it went in, Im obviously delighted.

However, Ross refused to rule McGeady out for the showdown at Fratton Park, although admits his situation hasnt changed.

“Im employed as the manager and my job is to always get the best from the playing squad and prepare them thoroughly as we can – thats the approach weve taken all season and hopefully it continues to be the case for two more games.”

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“Hes not any different he was prior to the first-leg,” Ross said in his pre-match press conference.

“The end of the regular season was a really good time for us to refocus and regroup because theres been a lot of external noise full stop – not just about potential takeovers but other things as well.

Sunderland will have Alim Ozturk available for selection after his red card was overturned on Monday afternoon.

Despite playing the final 20 minutes with 10-men, Ross believes its hard to judge whether it affected the final result.

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Ross said: “I did think it was the incorrect decision so Im pleased that common sense has prevailed.

Ross said there was no point dwelling on the decision, which was quashed by the EFLs Independent Regulatory Commission on Monday following a claim of wrongful dismissal, or its consequences at the time for the hosts.

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“It obviously disappointing as it does have an impact on the game but we cant do anything about it now.

Pompey were unable to capitalise on their extra-man advantage as the Stadium of Light side secured a 1-0 victory ahead of Thursday nights second leg clash at Fraton Park.

He said: “I dont want to dwell on it too much, itd be wrong to say that because you have 11 men on the park, youd score again.

“You dont know the rest of the game would pan out. Im just glad we have him available for the second-leg.”

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