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Chris Coleman delivers the honest truth on incident that shaped Saturday’s Sunderland loss

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Sunderland had another nail hammered into their relegation coffin this weekend as they went down 2-0 to Preston at the Stadium of Light.

Their cause wasn’t helped when England U21 defender Jake Clarke-Salter was sent off, either side of which Preston scored to condemn the Black Cats to their seventh defeat in 10 games.

He was cautioned in the first half for a foul on Preston’s Tom Barkhuizen, then shown a second yellow by referee Darren Bond for pulling back Alan Browne shortly after Preston’s opener. Three minute later the visitors doubled their advantage.

“It was inexperience. He’s been rock solid.”  Coleman told the Sunderland Echo. “Saturday he wasn’t – he was a little bit shaky and I don’t know if that was again because he’s young or if it was the pressure, but he looked a bit short, certainly at the start of the second half.”

It was the 20-year old’s second red card is as many games, coming after his dismissal against Middlesbrough at the end of February.

“He made that mistake and it’s another red card for him. We’ll be missing him again for the foreseeable future.”

Coleman revealed that he was trying to substitute the defender, but the second yellow card beat them to it.

“We were trying to get Jake off as he looked a yard short, but, seconds before he’s due to come off, he gets sent off. We tried to get him off and he gets sent off.”

The result leaves Sunderland five points adrift of safety with eight games remaining.

The Verdict

Clarke-Salter only joined Sunderland in January, but two red cards in eight games probably means he won’t be seen at the Stadium of Light again.

I always wonder if there’s value in struggling teams bringing in loan players for a relegation battle, especially youngsters with no real experience of such situations. Clearly, it hasn’t been a situation Clarke-Salter has thrived in, much to Sunderland’s cost.


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