Sunderland goalkeeper Lee Burge endured a difficult evening as the Black Cats were unable to record their first Stadium of Light victory under Lee Johnson.
Burge, who recently wrested the number one shirt from Remi Matthews, has started all five league matches since Johnson’s arrival, but suffered an early injury to his face against Hull City, which was the catalyst for a nightmare opening period.
Following a collision with Hull’s Mallik Wilks, the Black Cats stopper got a kick to the face and only continued after a lengthy break in play.
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It was an disastrous moment for the Black Cats goalkeeper, who was unsurprising replaced by Matthews at half-time – with the ex-Coventry man deemed not fit enough to continue.
Here’s how the Stadium of Light faithful reacted to Burge’s first-half performance on Twitter:
If Lee Burge was a boxer, the towel would come in #safc
— gavinsand (@gavinsand) January 9, 2021
— Michael Potts (@MichaelPotts73) January 9, 2021
Professional goalkeeper that can’t catch a simple ball. Absolutely pathetic lee burge #safc
— liam mcmanus (@liammcm54994114) January 9, 2021
Lee burge defo can’t see 😂 he needs to go off #safc
— Danielle Walker (@danwalkerxx) January 9, 2021
Awful goal to concede.
Burge doesn’t look like he’s recovered at all
— LWOS Sunderland AFC (@LWOS_SAFC) January 9, 2021
Leadbitter, wills, onien,scowen, mcgeady, diamond to stay
Maguire has 6 good games a season, Power – just not good enough
Graham and wyke- aren't natural goalscorers,Hume- no end product
Mcfadzean- average league 1
— David Bayley (@davidbayley26) January 9, 2021
Stupid foul and Burge error for goal.
Got level out of blue.
Been even last 15 minutes but they could have been out of site.
Mind you keeper should have been off.
— Terence Crombie (@Terry94023972) January 9, 2021
Why isnt Matthews in goal?
— Tom (@VeldTom) January 9, 2021
Lee Burge. Wow https://t.co/msnJAvZLdT
— charlie conway (@charlieconway0) January 9, 2021