Sunderland will have to replay their first round tie after the Black Cats were held to a draw at the Stadium of Light.
A number of Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to slam Jon McLaughlin for his latest blunder as the Black Cats played out a 1-1 draw against Gillingham in Saturday’s FA Cup first-round clash at the Stadium of Light.
The 32-year-old has made a number of errors in the past few months and, shortly after the restart, he spilled a free kick from Olly Lee straight to him, the ball trickling over the line to restore parity for the visitors.
Earlier in the game, a Gills goalkeeping mistake of their own gave Phil Parkinson’s side the lead, Jack Bonham misjudging the roll of the ball from Aiden McGeady’s low shot as it slowly went under his dive.
McLaughlin’s goalkeeping has come under scrutiny in other games this term, such as the win over MK Dons and the defeat to Lincoln, and with Lee Burge on standby, it remains to be seen what Parkinson opts to do with regards to the number one jersey.
Here is some of the Sunderland fan reaction to McLaughlin’s display and error:
Lee camp is back!!— Jono Haysom (@JonoH) 9 November 2019
Any fans who rate McLaughlin think again only 3 or 4 stand out performances he’s had for us his kicking is awful decision making useless especially when coming off his line and takes like 10 years to throw the ball out when’s theirs a potentially break on— jakeykirkbride (@JacobKirkbride) 9 November 2019
Because Jon howler McLaughlin in goal thats why… best thing we can do is not renew his contract. And if Stewart Donald thinks he worth 5mil then I’ll have some of whatever he been taking— John (@johnml88) 9 November 2019
What’s happened to him??? He wouldn’t have done this last season. He want away? He’s certainly not playing for a better contract that’s for certain— Markymark21 (@marktsafc) 9 November 2019
what has happened to him? best ‘keeper in the division last season, he’s been awful so far this term…— Paul Anderson (@Junior_HHF) 9 November 2019
Guess PP will have a goalkeeper on his January shopping list need to bladder McLaughlin utter rubbish clown #safc— Paul Bywater (@bywater_paul) 9 November 2019
McLaughlin throwing the ball over the line like he did against Bradford. People called me for thinking he wasn’t very good and just had a small bit of form last year. But this year it’s shown that he just isn’t very good. #SAFC— Robert Armstrong (@irobarmstrong) 9 November 2019
John McLaughlin has got to be one of the most overrated goalkeepers I’ve seen play for this club when he has decent game he’s class but how many of them has he had exactly ?? #safc— jakeykirkbride (@JacobKirkbride) 9 November 2019
Sunderland and Gillingham will take part in their replay in Kent a week on Tuesday, while the Black Cats are in EFL Trophy action away at Scunthorpe in midweek and then face Coventry at the Stadium of Light next weekend.