SUNDERLAND were beaten 3-0 by Peterborough last time out and Stanley boss John Coleman thinks that game could have gone either way.

Stanley's opponents tomorrow have not played for two weeks, due to the international and Coleman isn't sure whether this is a help or a hindrance for the Black Cats.

The Reds go into this game on the back of a three match unbeaten run.

"They’ve had to sit and stew on it because of the international break – it’s 14 days.

"That can work one or two ways – it can make them really fired up or it can make them a little bit rusty.

"We can’t govern what they do, you can only govern your own thoughts and actions.

"I watched the full game against Peterborough and that could have gone either way, as a lot of games can in our league.

"It’s all about taking your chances and keeping them out.

"Peterborough were very clinical, and, on another day, you get a couple of decisions here and there, Sunderland might have felt unfortunate not getting a penalty at 0-0.

"Games can change very quickly, and you have to do is overcome them setbacks and rise above them.

"If you look back to last Saturday, we got Seamus Conneely sent off for something that was quite innocuous really, it’s a big set back and we have to galvanise ourselves.

"Possibly you have to do it before the setback, when games are meandering away from you."

The two sides met earlier in the season in the first round of the Carabao Cup at the Wham Stadium.

Jack Ross' side came away 3-1 victors, but the scoreline flattered the former Premier League side.

Sunderland took the lead in the first half, but Coleman's side fought back in the second half and levelled things as Colby Bishop scored his first professional goal.

Aiden McGeady came of the bench to put his side back in the lead with a superb solo finish before Charlie Wyke killed the game in the 90th minute after a mistake at the back for Stanley.