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Sunderland: Phil Smith offers Lee Burge a low rating after Bristol Rovers mistake

Sunderland: Phil Smith offers Lee Burge a low rating after Bristol Rovers mistake - Sunderland News

Sunderland Echo writer Phil Smith has handed Lee Burge a low rating of 4 after his mistake against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

It did not turn out to be a good start for Sunderland as the new League One season started on Saturday with the opening game ending with a 1-1 draw against Rovers.

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Luke Leahy opened the scoring for the visitors as early as the third minute in what proved to be a costly mistake by ‘keeper Burge.

Saved by Chris Maguire’s late equaliser, Sunderland ensured a point to start off their new campaign.

Following the game, Echo writer Smith opted to hand player ratings to each of the Sunderland players who played a part at the Stadium of Light.

Writing via Sunderland Echo, when talking about Burge, Smith put: “Had little to do for the most part but his early error was so costly. Hesitated when the free kick was floated into the box and then made a rash challenge on Mitchell-Lawson to give the penalty away. 4”

Burge will now face increasing pressure for the number one spot at Sunderland with new summer signing Remi Matthews vying for a chance to impress Parkinson.

Matthews arrived on Wearside after leaving Bolton Wanderers and is yet to make a competitive start for his new club.

Not the best start for Sunderland or Burge with the 1-1 draw and it will be interesting to see just how long the ‘keeper is handed the chance of being selected ahead of Matthews.

Saturday’s game is not the best start for everyone linked with the Black Cats and this Saturday’s game against Oxford United will be interesting to say the least.

Do you think Burge is the right choice in between the sticks or should Remi Matthews be number one? Let us know in the comments section below…


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