Wimbledon’s winless run continued on Tuesday evening, with the Dons suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Rotherham, which followed a 3-2 loss at Charlton Athletic on February 5.
Not since December 7 have Wimbledon managed to collect all three points in League One, and a total 30 points from 30 matches has left them down in 20th spot in the table, just one point clear of 21st-placed Morecambe, who have played one game more than the side directly above them.
Mark Robinson’s side, who finished 19th in League One last season, have found it difficult to pick up positive results in front of their own supporters this term, collecting just 15 points from 15 matches, which is the joint-worst record in the division alongside Lincoln City and Doncaster Rovers.
Wimbledon will certainly be wary of a potential backlash from Sunderland this weekend, and it is a big end to the month for the club, as they will take on Bolton Wanderers on February 19 before travelling to Gillingham and hosting Doncaster in their final two games of the month.
At the time of writing, Sunderland are yet to name a new head coach, but Roy Keane continues to be strongly linked with the position, and the 50-year-old’s return to the club could be confirmed ahead of this game.
Lee Johnson was sacked as manager following the 6-0 defeat to Bolton at the end of January, with Mike Dodds and Michael Proctor placed in charge on a caretaker basis, but the results have not improved, with the club losing their last against Doncaster and Cheltenham to lose precious ground at the top.
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The Black Cats, who have not triumphed in the league since beating Portsmouth on January 22, are currently fourth in League One, 11 points behind leaders Rotherham.
Sunderland are also crucially two points behind second-placed Wigan Athletic, who have four games in hand on them, so a spot in the playoffs might be the best that the club can achieve this term.
The former Premier League club have been inconsistent on their travels in League One this term, winning five, drawing five and losing six of their 16 matches, but it is vital that they find a way to return to winning ways here, as their promotion push is in danger of collapsing at a vital stage of the season