Sunderland dug out an injury-time winner through Nathan Broadhead as they beat Shrewsbury Town 3-2 at home in League One on Saturday afternoon.
The Everton loanee ended up grabbing two goals, with Elliot Embleton scoring the other, as Alex Neil’s team were forced to dig their heels in after losing a two-goal lead.
It is safe to say that some of the players were not at their best at the Stadium of Light, and so The Transfer Tavern have now used statistical experts SofaScore to analyse who the three worst performers (to have played at least 45 minutes) were for the hosts on the day – could any of these men be looking over their shoulders regarding their place in the first XI?
Given a 6.5 overall rating, Gooch ranked as the Black Cats’ third-worst player.
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The 26-year-old lost out on four of his duels, while he was also off target with both of his shots.
Defensively, Gooch did not manage to block any shots or make any interceptions, while he was also dribbled past and lost the ball a total of 21 times, the most out of any of his teammates.
Wright ranks in second here as he was given a 6.3 rating.
The captain lost six of his duels, while he also failed to record a single clearance, interception or tackle, giving the ball away on 14 separate occasions.
As he conceded two goals, it is perhaps unsurprising that Patterson ranked as SAFC’s worst performer with a 6.2 rating.
The goalkeeper only managed to make one save in the entire match, while he was also guilty of losing possession six times from his 28 touches of the ball.
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