Kevin Phillips believes Sunderland need to urgently address the goalkeeping position if they are to have any hope of winning promotion from League One.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Sunderland legend delivered his verdict ahead of the Black Cats game against Oxford United this weekend.
Sunderland are looking for their first league win of the season after being held to a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at the Stadium of Light on the opening day.
Goalkeeper Lee Burge gave away a penalty in the third minute in just his sixth league start for the Black cats.
And Phillips believes the goalkeeper position has been a problem at Sunderland for years.
He told Football Insider: “Very disappointing, another goalkeeper mistake.
“I’ve said all along if you want to be successful and you want to be promoted you’ve got to get the spine of your team right.
“Every time we’re speaking about the goalkeepers. Hopefully, he’ll come through it and be stronger and learn from it.
“But again another disappointing result at home to a team that, if you’ve got aspirations of being promoted, you need to be beating.
“You can’t just blame the goalkeeper because it was in the first three or four minutes and you’ve got the rest of the game to go and win it.
“The most disappointing thing for me is they didn’t create an awful lot and it took them into the final minutes to score.
“It’s worrying times at the moment up there.”
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