A number of Sunderland fans have hit out at goalkeeper Lee Burge on social media for his display in the club’s FA Cup clash with Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon.
Lee Johnson made six changes to the side that fell to a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the week, one of which was Burge coming in for Thorben Hoffmann.
Burge, who stands at 6 foot 2, was making just his seventh start of the season. He began the campaign as first choice but was dropped after three League One fixtures and his appearances since have been limited to cup competitions.
He failed to make a good impression early on at The Stadium of Light despite getting fans on side with his previous cup displays, with his error allowing Rhys Oates to give the League Two side the lead.
The Black Cats were dumped out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat following Burge’s mistake, which had a lot of fans talking on social media.
Johnson in or Johnson out?
Sunderland fans react
This is what these Sunderland supporters had to say about the £2,000-a-week shot-stopper following his error, with one labelling him ‘terrible’.
“That’s why he never plays”
“And I’ve seen all week people wanting Burge back in…. Christ”
“People blaming Johnson for this, see the goal and total mess up from bungling Burge….he wasn’t coached to do this, just a terrible keeper.”
“Its genuinely unbelievable that people want Lee Burge to start in the league”
“Hope that puts to bed the issue that some clowns think Burge is better than Hoffman”
“Convinced Burge watches Cal the dragon TikTok’s for training videos man”
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