Sunderland fans praise former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty for impact
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Sunderland fans praise former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty for impact

Sunderland fans have praised former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty for making an impact off the bench in their Saturday afternoon victory over Ipswich Town.

The Black Cats came into the game eager to get back to winning ways after a defeat to Portsmouth last weekend but found themselves lacking potency at the Stadium of Light.

In search of a goal, Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson turned to former Rangers striker Lafferty. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

That is, until January signing, Lafferty, was introduced in the 79th minute.

Replacing midfielder, Denver Hume, it was just his fourth appearance for his new club – all of which have come from the bench.

In typical fashion, the Northern Ireland international was keen to compete aerially and to put defenders under pressure.

Just two minutes after the substitution, he played a part in what would prove to be the winning goal.

On the edge of the penalty box, Lafferty got a small touch on a pass from Charlie Wyke, before Chris Maguire fired a low shot into the bottom right corner, sparking jubilation amongst the home fans.

It may have been more a bad piece of control from Lafferty rather than an intentional layoff, but he got the assist nonetheless.

After the game, plenty of Sunderland fans were quick to praise the former Ger for changing the dynamic of the game and helping to secure a valuable three points.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

The Black Cats are now sixth in the EFL League One table, just eight points behind leaders Rotherham with a game in hand.

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