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Sunderland: Patrick Roberts was wasteful against Blackburn

Sunderland failed to build on their 2-1 win against Wigan last weekend as they were beaten 2-0 by Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Tuesday night.

The Black Cats are sitting 12th in the Championship table as it stands but five of the teams below have an opportunity to overtake them before the end of the gameweek.

Tony Mowbray’s side were put to the sword by his former team as Ben Brereton Diaz and Scott Wharton scored either side of half time for the hosts.

The general performance was not the issue for Sunderland as they dominated the play, finishing with 61% possession, and managed more shots, and shots on target than Blackburn.

However, they did not make the right decisions when they got into the final third and were not clinical enough when chances did fall their way, whilst Rovers were efficient as they scored two of their three efforts on target.

One player who was particularly disappointing, after he had been sublime against Wigan at the weekend, was right winger Patrick Roberts.

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He had put in a superb performance last time out as he won 12 of his 18 individual duels, created one chance, and completed 83% of his attempted passes – as per SofaScore.

Journalist Josh Bunting claimed that he “ran the show” and was man of the match by “a mile” against the Latics but he was the villain for Mowbray on Tuesday night as he was wasteful in possession.

Off the ball, he was average in his duels as he won seven of his 12 individual battles. He made one interception and failed to complete a single tackle, clearance, or block, whilst being dribbled past once.

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This shows that he offered very little to the team from a defensive perspective but that could be excused with decisive play on the ball in the final third.

However, that was not the case for Roberts this time as he was wasteful when he got into dangerous areas.

He did the hard part in beating his man as he completed five of his eight attempted dribbles but then fell at the final hurdle as the former Manchester City man ended the match with zero key passes, 0% cross success (0/3), 0% long ball success (0/3), and zero shots on target – as per SofaScore.

The attacker gave possession away a whopping 22 times from his 70 touches and his lack of quality in the final third was frustrating to see, particularly after his showing against Wigan, as he failed to make the most of the time he had on the ball.

Therefore, he was the real villain for Mowbray and the head coach will be hoping that his end product improves in the upcoming matches.

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