It was a day to forget for Sunderland on Saturday, as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the first round stage, with defeat to struggling League Two side Mansfield Town at The Stadium of Light.
On-loan Charlton midfielder George Lapslie’s 49th minute strike was enough to secure a 1-0 win for the Stags, and secure their place in the hat for the second round draw.
For the Sunderland, the game had been an opportunity to give a run out to some of their fringe players, although there weren’t many who took the opportunity to impress.
One of those was George Dobson, with the 22-year-old handed a rare start this season, as he was partnered with Max Power – who himself has been in and out of the lineup since the start of the campaign – in the centre of the Black Cats’ midfield.
However, neither player appeared to impress much, with plenty of Sunderland fans heavily critical of the duo as they took to Twitter to give their thoughts on the game.
Here, we take a look at what some of those supporters had to say.
Power and Dobson were shocking today #SAFC
— darksidemackem (@darksidemackem) November 7, 2020
Max Power & George Dobson having shockers so far. Both completely ineffectual in midfield. #SAFC 🔴⚪️
— Philip West (@Philip_RJ89) November 7, 2020
The adverts on the stream have more life than than Dobson and Power #SAFC
— Scott (@76skelly) November 7, 2020
Huge positives to take from going out the cup today, gives key players the chance to have a break and recharge and get rid of little niggles etc, only thing that matters is the league and the manager gets to see how bad Dobson / Power are again #safc
— Kingy 🏴🇬🇧 (@Kingy78_) November 7, 2020
WHY ARE DOBSON AND POWER STILL ON THE PITCH? #SAFC
— SunderlandAFC Info (@SunderlandafcI) November 7, 2020
Dobson and Power might be the worst CM pairing of all time #SAFC
— Ander Grim (@AnderGrim) November 7, 2020
Sunderland have looked good in wide areas with Diamond and McFadzean, but we have been so wasteful and negative in the middle of the park.
Max Power and George Dobson really aren’t playing like lads who want to earn their positions back. #SAFC
— Matthew Crichton (@MattyCrichton) November 7, 2020