Sunderland Star’s Comical Instagram Post Pokes Fun at Ashley Barnes


Luke O’Nien, a player for Sunderland, has playfully taunted Ashley Barnes, an opponent striker, after a recent Championship game.

What’s the current situation with Luke O’Nien and Sunderland?
In their latest game, the Black Cats drew with Championship leaders, Burnley, earning themselves a well-deserved point away from home.

After a good performance, Sunderland are now only seven points behind Blackburn Rovers, who occupy the final promotion play-off place.

During the game, Barnes and O’Nien contested for the ball, with Barnes unintentionally leaving a mark on O’Nien.

On Instagram, O’Nien made a witty post, including an image of the humorous incident, captaining it with: “Lads dug deeper than Ashley Barnes fingers up my nose last night.”

How did O’Nien perform for Sunderland?
O’Nien – who earns around £6000 per week – was crucial to Sunderland’s draw, earning an eight out of ten score in the Chronicle Live player ratings, which was the highest score in the team.

Journalist James Hunter praised O’Nien and noted that he “moved back into central defence and was outstanding alongside [Danny] Batth.”

Barnes, on the other hand, did not perform nearly as well in the game against Sunderland.

For example, he was given a rating of only 6.5 out of ten in the Burnley Express player rating, where journalist Dan Black noted his troubles on the night.

Black wrote: “The striker’s reaction said it all after he’d lifted an effort over the crossbar from Josh Brownhill’s hooked pass in the first half. He’s now without a goal in six appearances, but brings far more to the team than his finishing alone. Uses the ball well, influences play in the number 10 role, though he came up against a determined competitor in Danny Baath.”

Despite the potentially painful incident, both teams obtained a fair point from the match, with Burnley sitting 11 points clear at the top of the table, and SAFC performing well at a challenging venue.

It’s great to see that O’Nien was able to joke about the incident and keep a good sense of humor.


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