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Fan Letters: “Why were Lincoln allowed to sign an emergency goalkeeper?” - all is explained!

Lincoln exploited an EFL loophole to bring in an emergency loan ahead of last night’s game - and he made all the difference, making a series of impressive saves to deny Sunderland. Our readers wanna know the score...

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Dear Roker Report,

Well, another shocking display from a poor team.

Jordan Jones couldn’t beat his full back or get a cross in. We looked as if we were playing for a draw. Not a good strategy.

If we score 3 at the SOL on Saturday without conceding it will be a minor miracle.

Burge’s error was a schoolboy mistake, and Flanagan missed the ball after a deflection for the first, but where was our left back? We haven’t got one when Mcfadzean plays!

I think Lee Johnson will find out on Saturday how much Maguire is loved by the fans.

Oh dear, what a mess.

Another season in league One looms... but, I did say this in a previous post earlier.

Yet another poor showing from a poor team.

After 56 years of support I should be able to accept disappointment. but I can’t.

Philip Wright

Ed’s Note [Gav]: There’s something not quite right about this group, and I can’t put my finger on it. We didn’t seem mentally or physically ready for that yesterday. The actual performance wasn’t too different to ones we’ve seen in other recent games, but in key moments, we crumbled. We conceded two crap goals and failed to take our chances.

I will still back the team on Saturday, but they have to be at it from minute one and give the supporters something to cling to.

Sunderland Training Session Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

Lincoln City have broken the rules today and played a goalkeeper who was ineligible. SAFC should, in fact must, appeal that first thing tomorrow morning.

The result will be null and void.

Mordey St


Dear Roker Report,

I can’t believe what I watched last night - we’ve had a whole season of goalkeepers errors. They must have cost us 20 points, at least.

I’m in despair. How the EFL will let a goalkeeper who just won promotion a week ago with the Posh to go for another club in the play-offs in the same league is beyond me.

Probably he is going to be the only player in football history that will win two promotions within three weeks with two different clubs.

He kept us out last night, especially just before they opened the scoring.

The EFL are not fit for purpose. If this goes round the footballing world, the EFL will be a laughing stock. It will be a good one for sports quizzes.

Anthony DeGiovanni

Ed’s Note [Gav]: The simple response here would be to say that he wouldn’t have played if it wasn’t allowed, but having consulted with our elves, I’m told: “EFL Regulation 57.5 specifically states that an Emergency Goalkeeper Loan overrides player registration & loan player limits.”

It’s as simple as that, unfortunately (for us).

Bursik was brilliant. It’s irritating, particularly since this isn’t the first time someone has signed him to help their cause to the detriment of Sunderland, but it is what it is.

Lincoln City v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 1st Leg Photo by Chris Vaughan - CameraSport via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

Well, we have failed again. Hopefully Kyril will step in and sweep away the dross.

We need to start anew, not one of the first team are worth keeping, results don’t lie, the squad has failed, and no matter which way you look at it, they are not good enough in so many ways, skill, pace, ability, and certainly not good enough even IF we managed to go to the next level.

One thing that’s for certain, is that we must stop buying ‘failed player’s, with losing mentalities. Stop buying failed players who are rejected by their former clubs, if they are not good enough for there former club’s, we don’t want them, time to ‘sweep clean’ and start anew.

We have far too many at the club, who regularly get 4/10, 5/10 week in week out, they are stealing a living, so they must be released. Please Mr Dreyfus, in order to take the club further, and realise any ambitions, they can’t include any of the current squad.

Alan Metcalfe

Ed’s Note [Gav]: I know it feels like it’s over, but it’s not... we still have to play on Saturday. I’m not feeling particularly confident but we can’t just write it off, as easy as that would be to do. I’m praying for a miracle!

There are still plenty of players there that I’d keep, but most of them are youngsters.


Good morning RR,

I can say with honesty that most Spanish players have adapted really well to our English style of football... And probably this will carry on in the future, so why oh why don’t our scouts scour the Spanish lower leagues for talent?

It is in abundance there, as I’ve been to a game in Burgos City, and the football was stylish...we’ve tried the crappy old English style of booting the ball upfield for the strikers and look where we are in our glorious history... The lowest we’ve ever been.

The academy has been left to rot and will take time to recover, so I’m begging our owners to look into Spain, I’m sure it wouldn’t break the bank either.

Ron Scrafton

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Sounds like we’ll be scouring all of Europe, and not just Spain. We’ve appointed a new head of player recruitment and with the right investment in the infrastructure, I imagine the idea is for Sunderland to be a club where promising and talented players are spotted well before they hit their peak.

The Spanish market is generally cornered by the big teams over there, though.

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