Michael Bowers has been speaking on The Roar podcast about Sunderland’s Elliot Embleton’s sending off at the weekend.
Despite having to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men following Embleton’s straight red card, the Black Cats picked up three points on the road against Gillingham, bouncing back from their last league match, which was a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Portsmouth.
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Embleton was heading into the match fresh off penning a new contract at his boyhood club, but it’s safe to say he would have liked to have celebrated it by remaining on the pitch. Instead, he had to hope his teammates could hold onto all three points, which they did – largely down to some top goalkeeping from Ron-Thorben Hoffmann.
Bowers was not happy to have seen Embleton see red against Gillingham.
“I still think that is a red card, and even if you think it wasn’t, you’re giving the referee a decision to make. I was furious at Embleton when I saw that, because basically then it means that we’re going to be spending the rest of the game [with our] backs against the wall.
“One of the things I said in my own YouTube video was I think Embleton’s quite lucky that we ended up winning the game and that we were so solid towards the end of it.”
TIF Thoughts on Sunderland…
Sunderland have made a great start to their League One campaign. Despite being fourth in the table, they’re only two points behind Plymouth Argyle who sit top and have two games in hand on the table-toppers.
Despite losing players such as Max Power and last season’s top scorer Charlie Wyke, both to Wigan Athletic, Lee Johnson appears to be getting the absolute most out of his current squad, which saw some top additions arrive over the summer, and if they can keep up this good form, their current points-per-game rate has them finishing in the automatic promotion places.