The Lowdown: Point gained
It was a point gained for the visitors in the end as they twice had to come from behind to grab a 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road.
New signing Jewison Bennette equalised deep into the second half after O’Nien’s error, with Aji Alese grabbing the other goal for the Wearsiders after Keinan Davis had opened the scoring for the hosts.
The Latest: O’Nien criticised
O’Nien seemed to misjudge the flight of the ball after it was headed back across the six-yard box, and in the end he got it completely wrong by heading it into the corner of his own net.
Taking to Twitter after the goal was scored, West was critical of the 27-year-old despite him doing a ‘very solid’ job in the heart of Sunderland’s defence up until that point, calling it a ‘shocker’.
The podcaster tweeted: “That’s just a complete mess of a goal to concede. Luke O’Nien’s generally done a very solid job in defence, but that’s a shocker. At least make them earn their goals- can’t be gifting them a lead like that.”
The Verdict: Learn from it
Naturally a defensive midfielder, O’Nien filled in as a centre-back once more against the Hornets, and it will take time for him to get used to that position and defending in his own penalty area.
Aside from his error, he had a solid game in general, as despite losing the ball 13 times and being dribbled past twice, he also made four clearances, four tackles and three interceptions, along with winning nine of his individual duels (SofaScore).
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Nonetheless, it was a mistake from which the 27-year-old will need to learn as the Black Cats head into the international break.
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