The Black Cats forward, brought on as a sub by Jack Ross, missed a gilt-edged opportunity for the Stadium of Light side.
A number of Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Will Grigg’s performance for the Black Cats in the 3-1 win away at Accrington Stanley.
Although the Black Cats picked up all three points, it was another bittersweet afternoon for the 28-year-old, who spurned a great opportunity late on to remain goalless in League One this season.
Grigg played quite well after coming on for Chris Maguire with some promising runs and all-round lively attacking play, but the chance late on saw him ahead of the last defender and just outside the six-yard box with just the keeper to beat, only to fire straight at him.
A striker who has averaged more than 20 goals a season in League One during spells at Wigan Athletic, Walsall and MK Dons, Grigg has scored just four times in League One for Jack Ross’s side in the last eight months.
Reaction over Grigg’s latest display was mixed, with some Sunderland fans thinking it’s just not going to happen for him, while others continue to give him support and are optimistic he’ll come good:
Good to get a positive result after the Peterborough game but that defence needs some serious work doing to it.— Scott (@76skelly) September 14, 2019
Sadly doesn’t look it’ll work out for Grigg here. Unless there’s a dramatic turn in fortunes I’d look to sell ASAP #SAFC
FT Stanley 1-3 #safc— Grant Tunkel (@GTunk) September 14, 2019
A really boring/dreadful second half. Stanley are really poor. Plus, we got a banter Will Grigg miss!
Anyway, three points on the road and some good goals, too.
If Will Grigg is any sort of decent striker he’s smashing that in the net…..he instead opted for a tap back to the keeper #safc— Henners (@Henners73) September 14, 2019
Confidence, all down to confidence or his lack of. Could have gone near post and probably score but, decided to try and go across goal and snatched at it— James Fox (@Jamesfoxbass) September 14, 2019
Actually feel for him at the minute can’t seem to buy a goal— Zoe louise ⚪️ (@ZoeLouise89) September 14, 2019
For me after the Rotherham game, I would be starting Grigg in all the “favourable fixtures” coming up. He has improved from the player we saw last season. The lad deserved to start against P’boro after scoring against Burnley. #safc— Jordan Ramsey (@RamseySAFC) September 14, 2019
Definitely not a great save. It’s a sitter for a striker with a record like his. It’s a shame but his confidence is shot to bits. Probably played in more attacking teams previously— Dane (@DaneCooper88) September 14, 2019
Sometimes it doesn’t work out. Think he seems like a confidence player. Hopefully it clicks but the longer it takes the harder it’ll be for him. Still a very good player at this level— Andrew Tonge (@tongey93) September 14, 2019
Pros: We won, Gooch scored again and we came from behind— Fletch (@Fletcher1993) September 14, 2019
Cons: Grigg still struggling for confidence, We can’t keep a clean sheet and Jack Ross is still our manager.