Journalist and Sunderland supporter Michael Graham was left criticising Lynden Gooch and Corry Evans despite the Black Cats winning 3-2 at Bristol City this weekend.
The Lowdown: First win for Sunderland
After drawing 1-1 against Coventry City at the Stadium of Light on the opening weekend of the new Championship season, Alex Neil’s side grabbed their first win of the campaign on Saturday afternoon.
Two goals from new Everton loanee Ellis Simms and one from Ross Stewart were enough to give them the three points in the end at Ashton Gate, having briefly fallen behind at the start of the second half.
The Latest: Gooch and Evans criticised
Despite the win, Graham took to Twitter after the match to criticise Gooch and Evans after their performances, claiming that the Wearside club ‘need upgrades’ in their respective positions.
The journalist stated: “Pretty clear that Evans and Gooch are the players in that team that #SAFC need upgrades for. Mind, both have proven us wrong before, but don’t want to rely on them doing it again.”
The Verdict: Not their best game
Graham’s observation is quite understandable, as Gooch and Evans may have been slightly disappointed by their own individual performances despite their team grabbing the win.
The pair gave the ball away a total of 27 times between them, the fifth and sixth-most out of their team-mates respectively, while they also lost out on half of their duels (SofaScore).
Should Sunderland start Gooch?
Gooch and Evans failed to make a single interception between them either, and Neil would not have been happy with the two goals that Sunderland conceded, in spite of scoring three at the other end.
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