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Sunderland prepare to face deadline day target Jonson Clarke-Harris, who has had mixed success at Bristol Rovers

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Sunderland prepare to face deadline day target Jonson Clarke-Harris, who has had mixed success at Bristol Rovers

Jonson Clarke-Harris was a late January target for Sunderland.

Sunderland travel to Bristol Rovers this weekend, where they will come face to face with a January striker target.

After Josh Maja and Jerome Sinclair left, Sunderland were frantically looking for a new striker as the clock ticked down on deadline day.

A number of options were discussed, including Coventry City’s Jonson Clarke-Harris, according to The West Sussex Gazette.

Clarke-Harris could have jumped from mid-table Coventry to promotion-chasing Sunderland but instead ended up at relegation-battling Bristol Rovers.

And the Black Cats snapped up Will Grigg and Kazaiah Sterling instead to complete their attack.

 

But Jack Ross will be intrigued to see how Clarke-Harris performs this weekend after a mixed bag in Bristol Rovers’ trip to Portsmouth last Tuesday.

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Clarke-Harris helped dent Portsmouth’s automatic promotion hopes – helping Sunderland in the process – but he could have won the game.

The 24-year-old caused problems all night and was fouled for a first-half penalty, which he subsequently converted.

But when the Gas were handed a second penalty – with the scores tied at 1-1 – Clarke-Harris inexplicably sent the ball flying over the bar.

In fact, the miss was so bad that it did the rounds on social media with Soccer AM among the outlets to pick up on it.

Clarke-Harris will be eager to prove a point to Sunderland this weekend, though, and bounce back from his penalty embarrassment.

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