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Sunderland fans rip into Josh Scowen’s full debut display

Sunderland were dealt a setback in their promotion bid on Tuesday with a Jordan Clark-Harris double giving Bristol Rovers a 2-0 win over the Black Cats, much to the disappointment of fans.

Supporters and pundits made their feelings known after the match, with a lot of criticism being aired in regard to the players, for both their lack of ability and the poor attitude shown.

It is worth remembering that the north-east outfit have now played four matches in two weeks, so fatigue could be a factor, but the fact they are winless in that period has caused frustration – which has now leaked out.

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Phil Parkinson tried to put Saturday’s disappointment behind the team by bringing in Antoine Semenyo and Josh Scowen for their full debuts, but the latter really didn’t impress.

While some sections of the fanbase are understandably irritated with the loss, the fact Scowen hasn’t played much in recent weeks should be taken into account, as he is very much still getting accustomed to his teammates on the pitch, having spent only 36 minutes on the pitch prior to Tuesday since signing in January.

Furthermore, he only gave the ball away 12 times according to SofaScore, helping Sunderland to 62% possession, and therefore he largely did his job effectively.

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However, some used Scowen’s underwhelming display as another example of poor recruitment from the club, and questioned the reason why he was brought in at all, which is very fair given how sparingly he has been used.

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