Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has given an honest admission over the red card offence which saw George Dobson leave the field against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
After failing to gain promotion from League One to the Championship, the opening game of the new season at the weekend against Bristol Rovers offered the Black Cats the chance to send out a clear message to the rest of the league.
Parkinson’s side welcomed Rovers to the Stadium of Light and it was the visitors who opened the scoring early, netting from the penalty spot through Luke Leahy after just three minutes.
Chris Maguire levelled the game with just under 10 minutes left on the clock, before the game would end with Dobson being sent off late on.
The 22-year-old will now miss the next three Sunderland fixtures and Parkinson has expressed that he feels Dobson won the ball.
Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Parkinson said: “He won the ball.
“I thought at the time it was going to be a yellow, but the kind of manner of the challenge, sometimes they get interpreted as a red. It’s frustrating for George, but it will give someone else an opportunity.”
Parkinson will now look to find within his squad a suitable replacement for Dobson for this coming Saturday’s league encounter with Oxford United.
It was not a good opening day for Sunderland or Phil Parkinson.
Firstly, fans would have at least expected a win, whilst the red card to Dobson is just another unwanted problem, no matter how much Parkinson offers a distraction from the incident.
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