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McGEADY MISERY AT BLACK CATS

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* SCOTZINE turns the occasional spotlight on how Scots are performing across the border – and it’s not good news for Aiden McGeady who could be at the crossroads of his career.

FORMER Ross County striker Liam Boyce condemned Sunderland to their second consecutive relegation with his late winner for Burton at the weekend.

The Irishman, who was signed by Nigel Clough for a club record fee of £500,000 in the summer, headed in a last-minute goal to give his team a 2-1 victory at a stunned Stadium of Light.

Ex-Celt Aiden McGeady was one of six Black Cats players booked as the agony on Wearside continued.

The club’s tumble into the third tier caps a disastrous two seasons, having gone from 10 years of Premier League stability to slide into League One for the first time in 30 years.

Boss Chris Coleman, who has watched his side claim only five league wins since he took charge in November, said: “It’s a brutal experience and the disappointment is huge.

“Right now it’s very raw, brutally painful. We haven’t been good enough.

“We didn’t play great and it was the first game in the last six weeks where we weren’t very good.

“Against Norwich, Leeds, Reading and now Burton, we’ve been leading deep into the game and we don’t deal with it the way we should.

“We should be eight points better off. I am sorry for the supporters who have stuck with us every week.”

Delighted visiting gaffer Clough, whose famous father Brian was a former Sunderland centre-forward, said: “We deserved it on our second-half performance.

“It’s sad it means they are down, but it gives us a glimmer of hope we can take it to the last two games.

“There was frustration, similar to a lot of a lot of away performances this season where we’ve played well enough, but been unable to convert our superiority.”

The home side had the ball in the net in the fading moments, but the effort was ruled out.

Clough said: “The goal that was disallowed, absolutely adamant everyone around it that it was a blatant handball.”

Coleman added: “I won’t go into the situation about the ruled-out goal. It was a mess, a bit like ourselves across the season.”

Paddy McNair gave the Black Cats the lead in the first-half, but that was wiped out by Darren Bent in the 86th minute before Boyce headed in a cross from Ben Turner.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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