Having sacked manager Lee Johnson today after an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Bolton, Sunderland fans were looking for a reaction as their side hosted bottom club Doncaster Rovers in today’s League One clash.
The Black Cats are still in the hunt for automatic promo and would’ve fancied their chances versus lowly Rovers, despite being under the interim charge of Mike Dodds and entering into the match off the back of a thrashing in Lancashire.
Nevertheless, the Wearside club’s predicament worsened as they lost 2-1 to the Yorkshire attire, hence loosening their grip on the automatic promo places.
It was a poor performance from all included for Sunderland, however midfielder Elliot Embleton was especially disappointing.
According to SofaScore, the 22-year-old failed to produce a single key pass or complete either a cross or a long ball, whilst losing 86% of his battles. Additionally, the attacking midfielder made 44 touches whilst losing possession on 19 occasions, an average of losing the ball as soon as every 2.3 touches.
There was little attacking output from any of Sunderland’s forwards, with veteran striker Jermain Defoe making his second Black Cats debut as he came on in the 72nd minute in location of Embleton.
The ₤ 5.3k-per week 22-year-old managed simply one shot (which hit the woodwork) whilst stopping working to contribute in helping to prevent Doncaster’s objectives, offering no takes on, interceptions, blocks or clearances.
Should Embleton be dropped?
Nevertheless, with a new manager set to be appointed in the coming days (at least fans will hope that’s the case), the Englishman’s efforts throughout the season so far might count for little bit, and the midfielder will have to show himself to his new boss, whoever that may be. Performances like his one today won’t support his case of remaining in the starting XI going forward, and he might well have actually put a considerable damage in Sunderland’s promotion hopes with this insipid display screen.