- Aiden McGeady’s early opener had put the two-time Cup winners in front
- But goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin then gifted Gillingham an equaliser on Saturday
- Olly Lee’s long-range strike was straight at the Scotland international keeper
Keeper Jon McLaughlin’s calamitous error cost Sunderland a direct route into round two
Keeper Jon McLaughlin’s calamitous error cost Sunderland a direct route into round two of the FA Cup after they were held 1-1 by Gillingham on Saturday.
Aiden McGeady’s early opener had put the two-time Cup winners in front. But McLaughlin then gifted the Gills an equaliser. Olly Lee’s long-range strike was straight at the Scotland international keeper who allowed the ball to slip from his grasp and trickle over the line.
‘You can’t legislate for that mistake,’ said boss Phil Parkinson. ‘He’s devastated.’
There were no shocks sprung by non-League clubs though National League North side Darlington dramatically earned a 2-2 draw at Walsall.
Seven minutes of stoppage time had elapsed when Joe Wheatley tucked in Osagi Bascome’s free-kick to send over 1,000 travelling supporters wild.
‘That was surreal,’ said boss Alun Armstrong. ‘It’s been a long time coming for this club.’
Ipswich’s winless run in the FA Cup was extended to 15 matches — they last won in this competition in 2010 — after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Lincoln. Andre Dozzell grabbed the League One leaders’ equaliser.