Lee Burge is usually behind Jon McLaughlin in the Sunderland pecking order of goalkeepers, but the 26-year-old stepped up against Sheffield United.
This was his third appearance of the season, all of which have come in the Carabao Cup, while the clean sheet kept in the 1-0 victory is his first of the campaign, as per Transfermarkt.
Max Power’s goal was certainly the highlight of the game, as a corner routine saw Luke O’Nien pass to the midfielder, who sold the defender with a feint, touched the ball out of his feet and smashed it into the top corner, as shown in the highlights video on Sky Sports.
However, the moments Burge produced were arguably as important for Sunderland to secure the win against the Premier League opposition, earning their place in the next round, where they will face Oxford United.
The 26-year-old made a total of 5 saves throughout the 90 minutes, 2 of which came against shots from inside the box, as per SofaScore, while he also made 1 clearance and 1 tackle.
All of this got him a rating of 8.0, which was the highest SofaScore gave any player on the pitch for the tie.
It is unlikely that this performance will make Jack Ross play Burge in the league over McLaughlin, but it does give encouragement that if anything happens to the Scotsman they can rely on him.
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