Lee Burge or Tom Flanagan? Sunderland fans split over who was to blame for Lincoln's second goal in League One play-off semi-final

Sunderland were defeated in the first-leg of their League One play-off semi-final with Lincoln City on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 1:00 pm

The Imps scored twice in the second half to condemn the Black Cats to a bitterly disappointing defeat and leave Lee Johnson’s men with a mammoth task in the second leg at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

But Lincoln City’s second goal has become one of the main talking points from the defeat.

The goal was entirely self-inflicted, with a slack Tom Flanagan back pass allowing Brennan Johnson to charge down Lee Burge’s attempted clearance.

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Brennan Johnson of Lincoln City celebrates after scoring their sides second goal with teammate Tom Hopper during the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final first-leg match between Lincoln City and Sunderland.
Brennan Johnson of Lincoln City celebrates after scoring their sides second goal with teammate Tom Hopper during the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final first-leg match between Lincoln City and Sunderland.

But who was at fault for the goal? Here, Sunderland fans deliver their verdict on social media:

@martinhunter132: “Utter garbage. Flanagan about 10%. Burge about 90%. I think KLD has his work cut out.”

@EddieSAFCx: “Flanno or both. Not individually Burge.”

@browny996: “Both Burge and Flanagan’s fault.”

@NightwingSAFC: “Flanagan for both. Should of been changed at HT when we were clearly 2nd best. No chance in hell we turn it round 2nd leg.”

@davephillips33: “Flanagan for me he should never have passed it back.”

@JonathanBlakie: “Flanagan to blame for first goal for just letting it go. Flanagan to blame for the second for his weak back pass. He made no difference to our defence.”

@Patbrowny6: “Don’t care which of them are to blame to be honest. Those two have consistently shown they’re not good enough and how they continue to get game time is beyond me. Johnson has to take a chunk of the blame for persisting with players who perform poorly week in week out.”

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