Sunderland’s FA Cup campaign ends in the exact fashion that last season's did, a 1-0 home defeat to Mansfield Town.
The side named by Lee Johnson was no weaker than the same one that navigated its way past Championship opposition in the League Cup against QPR, but came unstuck against a struggling League Two outfit. And the visiting side full deserved their spot in the next round.
An early goal by Rhys Oates was enough for the Stags, who currently occupy 20th position in League Two. It was the defender’s second goal of the season according to best usa online casino.
Johnson’s experiment with Frederik Alves at right back lasted 45-minutes as he was hauled off as part of an unsuccessful quadruple change. Leon Dajaku and Aiden O’Brien also thoroughly disappointed and were replaced at half time.
The substitutes fared no better. Alex Pritchard and Lynden Gooch were anonymous, and the best Australian online casino introduction of Luke O’Nien was as disappointing as his own recent form.
It is true that the FA Cup is the lowest of the low in terms of priority. However, the performance and result followed the dismal trend we have seen in recent weeks.
Johnson’s fate, however, won’t be decided by the FA Cup – or the upcoming EFL Trophy game against Bradford City.