Sunderland certainly have one man to thank after succumbing to a disappointing 1-1 away draw against Oxford United at the weekend.
The Black Cats are going through a rough patch at present and will be looking to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible, after a very disappointing second half display at the Kassam Stadium.
Jimmy Dunne had put the Black Cats ahead just after the half hour mark, but allowed Oxford to dominate for large parts of the second half, with Jon McLaughlin pulling off some magnificent saves to keep Sunderland in front.
But Oxford’s pressure finally paid off when Marcus Browne put Karl Robinson’s men on level terms, condemning Jack Ross’ men to yet another draw in their hunt for automatic promotion this season.
The result leaves Sunderland sitting five points off the automatic promotion spots with two games in hand on Barnsley, and here, we take a look at Sunderland fans’ reactions to McLaughlin’s weekend display…
Healthy debate on the train home, but it's not very positive about #safc. Just not good enough. Not creating chances let alone scoring goals. McLaughlin is keeping us in contention
— James Taylor (@cynicalkind) February 9, 2019
Catching up on the football, so Jon McLaughlin already has player of the season in the bag, yes? #safc
— Sam Hillock (@pinkfairy727) February 9, 2019
Neil on @bbcnewcastle phone in has made some great points re Power, Honeyman and others, also critical of JR's selection and that he doesn't know his best 11. 2 shots on target, McLaughlin saviour again! The Lad was right. #SAFC
— Dannygroves (@dpgroves6) February 9, 2019
Only Leadbitter and McLaughlin would get more than a 5 for me. The rest were abysmal. #safc
— Jordan Ramsey (@RamseySAFC) February 9, 2019
Exactly If we didn’t have McLaughlin we’d be lucky to be in top half of table!
When is the lack of penetration through the middle going to be addressed by Jack Ross! Blindingly obvious to everyone except him. 2 months of really poor football going backwards!#safc
— Gav Newman (@gav_gavnewman) February 9, 2019
We can moan about how they scored but we were poor again and didn’t deserve anything. Only kept in the game by another brilliant performance from McLaughlin. #safc
— Scott Richardson (@ScottRichards0n) February 9, 2019
— Colin Robert Docherty (@ColinRDocker) February 9, 2019
Imagine if we didn’t have Jon McLaughlin man, would actually be below mid table https://t.co/J9Mr83EgFe
— Matty (@MattKBSAFC) February 9, 2019