The Black Cats goalkeeper could have done better for the Stadium of Light side as their opponents scored against Jack Ross’ charges yesterday.
A number of Sunderland fans have been commenting on Twitter about the Black Cats players’ performances in the 2-1 win over MK Dons and although most were praised, goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin came under some flak.
With Sunderland two goals to the good in the second half, the 32-year-old had a moment to forget in the 54th minute when an opposition cross lumped into the box from distance was headed back across goal by George Williams, and Jordan Bowery bundled home from close range.
McLaughlin could have done much better with both the cross and with the delivery back across goal for the point-blank goal, and although he did pick himself up and did well after the concession, there was still a fair bit of criticism and doubt over by some fans over his performance, with some requests for Lee Burge to be handed the gloves.
Here is some of the social media reaction by the Stadium of Light faithful to McLaughlin’s display:
Jon McLaughlin is to comfortable needs dropping #safc— ftm (@Safcftm2016) 28 September 2019
Jack Ross: “I want clean sheets.”— Robert Armstrong (@irobarmstrong) 28 September 2019
Lee Burge: *Gets a clean sheet.*
Jack Ross: “I’ll play McLaughlin.”
The man is an absolute Loon. #SAFC
Surely Burge has to start the next league game ?— ً (@iEddsyy) 28 September 2019
McLaughlin poor once again#SAFC
Jon McLaughlin… poor keeping for goal, fails collecting cross and appeals for foul while their player taps the ball in. @LeeBurge01 has kept clean sheet against PL team and put in unreal performances every time he has played. Imo Burge MUST start next game. #SAFC #HawayTheLads— Ian Crow (@Ian_Crow3) 28 September 2019
McLaughlin’s fault for the goal, again #SAFC— Alex Mills (@AlexJaMills) 28 September 2019
McLaughlin at fault AGAIN, Burge needs to start on Saturday #safc— kyle (@kylesafc_73) 28 September 2019
McLaughlin was in no mans land again for the goal. He needs dropping. People seem to forget he was poor at the start of last season, improved, and then was poor at end of last season. He’s been really poor this season, maybe, just maybe, he isn’t very good? #SAFC— Robert Armstrong (@irobarmstrong) 28 September 2019
Jack Ross and co took the lead in the League One clash when Charlie Wyke’s cut-back set up Max Power to let rip with a fierce 25-yard effort in the 25th minute, before Luke O’Nien doubled the lead with a sublime chip.
Despite the MK goal, Sunderland held firm to secure all three points and, after 10 league fixtures, they now sit 5th in the League One table, not to mention the result being the perfect end to a good week in which they took another Premier League scalp in the League Cup.
Up next for Sunderland is the League One clash with Lincoln City at Sincil Bank next Saturday.