Sunderland hopes of automatic promotion from League One this season were dealt a major blow on Saturday afternoon, as they were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic at The Stadium of Light.
After Josh Scowen’s own goal had put Charlton ahead at half time, Alex Gilbey doubled the visitor’s lead midway through the second half, and although Scowen himself pulled one back for the Black Cats, Sunderland were unable to haul themselves back into the game.
As a result, that defeat means that Sunderland’s chances of claiming a top two spot in the League One table are currently out of their own hands.
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Perhaps not surprisingly therefore, plenty of Sunderland fans were not exactly happy as they took to Twitter to give their thoughts on that defeat, and one player who came in for some scrutiny during that game, was Lynden Gooch.
Having been restored to the starting lineup after dropping to the bench for the draw with Peterborough last time out, Gooch was restored to the first XI here, but was unable to make much of an impact on the game, with the wideman failing to pose much of a threat to the Charlton defence before being withdrawn just past the hour-mark.
That is something that did not go unnoticed by a number of Black Cats supporters, and here, we take a look at what some of them had to say about the 25-year-old’s latest performance.
Unpopular opinion but Gooch thinks he is far better than he is.
The way he stupidly doesnt play the simple ball and tries to beat numerous men in a row, then pretends he’s been kicked pisses me off. #SAFC
— Alex SAFC (@AlexSAFC22) April 10, 2021
What has happened with Lynden Gooch?
— @SunderrlandAFC (@SAFCFANSVIEW) April 10, 2021
A poor result for @SunderlandAFC today and although we created several chances it was still a disjointed performance. Lee Johnson’s team selection was baffling. How an ineffective player like Gooch gets picked ahead of Jordan Jones is beyond me. #SAFC #Sunderland @RokerReport
— Dave Palmer (@DaveyPalmer1) April 10, 2021
Bring Jones on, Gooch hasn’t been good enough, such an utterly frustrating player. #SAFC
— Luke (@TheSafcAnalyst) April 10, 2021
Gooch is nowhere near good enough to be in this team. Unbelievable that he still manages to get a game. #SAFC
— SunderlandAFC Info 🇫🇷 (@SunderlandafcI) April 10, 2021
Gooch has to be one of the most frustrating players ever he doesn’t ever still tries to do to much 3 times this half better option were on if he just lifts his head #safc
— deano73 (@deano733) April 10, 2021
Gooch needs to come off losing ball everytime and no end product #safc
— Wayne (@Wayne45412274) April 10, 2021
Gooch constantly caught in possession or gives it away which ends up with us under pressure #SAFC
— stroller (@nigeynugs) April 10, 2021