Charlie Wyke was at the centre of the drama in Sunderland’s League One play-off semi-final second leg against Lincoln City.
Top-scorer Wyke spurned a glorious opportunity shortly after Ross Stewart had put Sunderland in front – he rounded Lincoln goalkeeper Alex Palmer and could have squared to an arriving Chris Maguire for a tap-in.
Instead, though, Wyke went for goal himself and inexplicably fired his shot straight at the covering defender.
It looked as if he had made amends when he doubled the Black Cats’ lead just after the half-hour mark, meeting Aiden McGeady’s cross with an outstretched leg and beat Palmer.
But then, 10 minutes into the second half, he came back to defend a Lincoln corner and lost his man, Tom Hopper, who headed home to restore Lincoln’s advantage on aggregate.
Wyke lost nine aerial duels in total, conceded possession 12 times times and made only 12 accurate passes in the game, fewer than Sunderland ‘keeper Lee Burge (via SofaScore).
Here’s what fans made of his display.
Wyke under fire after missing chance and losing man
“Terrible from Wyke that”
“Wyke frustrates me”
“Awful marking by Wyke.”
“Charlie Wyke is a terrible footballer, he’s brilliant at letting a football hit him and that’s it…no other skills…”
“If we go out. It’s wyke to blame, completely.”
“Wyke had a mare”
“Wyke been horrible today. Could have had 3.”
“Get Wyke off the pitch!”
“Honestly wyke can’t kick a ball”
In other news, Black Cats fans fumed at this update.
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