New Sunderland stopper Remi Matthews has been handed a 5/10 rating by Sunderland Echo writer Phil Smith for his performance against Carlisle United.
Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson saw Jon McLaughlin leave the Stadium of Light this summer after his contract expired, completing a move to Scottish side Rangers, handing the Sunderland boss an urgent need to find a replacement between the sticks.
The answer has been found in the shape of former Bolton stopper Matthews, who completed a deal to move to the Stadium of Light last week.
Former Bolton ‘keeper Matthews made his first appearance for his new club against Carlisle on Tuesday afternoon as Sunderland’s second pre-season fixture saw goals from Charlie Wyke (2) and Chris Maguire ensure a 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light.
The Wearside club, however, fell behind in that game and Matthews has been criticised by Smith for his involvement in the goal.
“Distribution was good and he made one strong stop to prevent Carlisle doubling their lead on the hour mark, but it was a poor error that allowed Lewis Alessandra to open the scoring. Conditions were slippery but a weak effort was straight at him and should not have crossed the line. 5” was the journalist’s post-match verdict on the 26-year-old.
This isn’t the best start for Matthews, who must prove his quality to be selected ahead of Lee Burge next season in league action.
Smith’s verdict was damning but those sorts of mistakes just cannot be afforded when the competitive action begins, so hopefully the ex-Bolton ‘keeper has simply gotten some cobwebs out of his system after yesterday.
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