Sunderland were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Shrewsbury Town last night and the performance of Lynden Gooch at right-back has proven a talking point among fans of the North East club.
The Black Cats will have been hoping that the 1-0 win against Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday could be a turning point for them but they threw away a one-goal lead against relegation candidates Shrewsbury yesterday.
Alex Pritchard’s curling strike gave Lee Johnson’s side an early lead but despite David Davis seeing red in first-half stoppage time, the visitors were unable to secure all three points due to Daniel Udoh’s 64th-minute equaliser.
With Luke O’Nien filling in at left-back, Carl Winchester in midfield, and a string of injuries, Gooch started at right-back against the Shrews – a position he’s not played too often in the past.
A winger by trade, the 25-year-old got up and down the right flank well during his 74 minutes on the pitch – crossing six times, creating one big chance, and taking two shots himself (Sofascore).
However, he also lost possession 15 times and won just two of his six ground duels.
Have Sunderland ever won an away game at each of these 20 stadiums?
Gooch’s performance has proven a talking point among Sunderland fans on Twitter, with some frustrated and others impressed.
Read their reaction here:
— IAN WHAN (@whanie49) November 24, 2021
Gooch,onien,AOB,evans don’t add anything to the squad and need to move on
— SAFC (@layton87455476) November 24, 2021
Gooch absolutely useless, one of the worst performances I have ever seen from an SAFC player.
— Matthew Leed (@LeedMatthew) November 23, 2021
Whoever suggested Gooch should be due a new contract should never watch the sport.
I’m half debating setting up a go fund me to pay off his contract so far this season. #SAFC
— Speak Sunderland (@SpeakSAFC) November 23, 2021
His decision making his poor, when he runs with the ball 9/10 it’s wasteful, he may pop up with the odd goal every now but the rest of the time hes a waste of a shirt
— Gareth R-Summers 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️🔴 🏴 (@SummersRossiter) November 23, 2021
Can we sell Gooch?
— Craig (@CraggsySAFC) November 23, 2021
gooch been great tonight
— adam (@LanoSAFC) November 23, 2021
– Pritchard is clearly talented but a huge confidence player. Reminds me of Jonny Williams.
– Gooch is best as a full back. He’s quick, technically good and committed but not an intelligent footballer.
– it was a strong 🟨, not a 🟥 #SAFC
— Bomber (@bomber8t5) November 23, 2021
Gooch is actually playing quite well at right back. If it keeps Winchester in midfield then I'm all for it. We look a much better, more balanced team with him in the middle #safc
— Jordan (@_wisemensay) November 23, 2021