Sunderland legend 'puzzled' by Mike Dodds decision during Blackburn Rovers hammering

Gary Bennett was not impressed with this Mike Dodds decision during Sunderland vs Blackburn Rovers.
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Sunderland legend Gary Bennett has expressed dismay at one of Mike Dodds' decisions on Easter Monday.

The Black Cats suffered an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, only the third time the club has conceded five at the Stadium of Light in a competitive fixture.

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Sunderland were two goals down at half-time with many supporters expecting changes at the break. However, interim head coach Mike Dodds opted to keep things as they were and the Black Cats quickly conceded another two.

With Sunderland four goals down against Blackburn Rovers at home, Dodds finally turned to his bench and brought on Chris Rigg, Bradley Dack and Jack Clarke. For Sunderland legend and BBC Radio Newcastle pundit Bennett, though, it was too little too late.

“You go 4-0 down, and then they decide to make a substitution," Bennett said of Dodds' decision. "Bring three subs on. What do you expect them to do when you’re 4-0 down?

“And then you put Jack Clarke on. You’re 4-0 down and you put Jack Clarke on. He could easily have had a recurrence of his injury. What do you want Jack Clarke to do? I’m puzzled.”

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Sunderland are next in action against Bristol City at the Stadium of Light in the Championship this coming Saturday with Dodds and his players now under pressure to turn in a competent performance after the shambles on Easter Monday. The Wearsiders have slipped to 13th in the league and have now lost 19 games this season.

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