League One
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Sunderland 1-1 Oxford United

Sunderland's status as League One's draw specialists carried over from last season as they suffered a frustrating start to the new campaign at the Stadium of Light.

Lynden Gooch's second-half penalty cancelled out Tariqe Fosu's early opener for Oxford, but Jack Ross' side - who recorded a league-high 19 draws last season - will still be frustrated at their failure to get off to a winning start on home soil.

Sunderland's summer reshuffle meant Tom Flanagan was the only outfield survivor from the team that started May's play-off final against Charlton, but Ross' remodelled line-up was on the back foot from the off.

Fosu dragged an early shot wide of the target after a neat one-two with Cameron Brannagan, but the Oxford midfielder was not to be denied when he broke into the box again in the 14th minute.

Ben Woodburn stole possession from Conor McLaughlin after the Sunderland debutant was guilty of a heavy touch, and his through ball enabled Fosu to chip home a neat finish.

Sunderland rarely threatened before break, but the hosts levelled four minutes after the restart.

Josh Ruffels felled Gooch as he broke into the right side of the area, and the Sunderland wing-back picked himself up to drive home from the spot.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 12Flanagan
  • 33Hume
  • 18Dobson
  • 8McGeouch
  • 11GoochBooked at 70minsSubstituted forMaguireat 82'minutes
  • 17EmbletonSubstituted forWatmoreat 59'minutes
  • 10McNulty
  • 22GriggSubstituted forMcGeadyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 7Maguire
  • 13O'Nien
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 19McGeady
  • 23Leadbitter

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 2Cadden
  • 4Dickie
  • 15MousinhoBooked at 56mins
  • 3Ruffels
  • 6GorrinBooked at 65mins
  • 8BrannaganBooked at 90minsSubstituted forMooreat 90+5'minutes
  • 17HenryBooked at 90mins
  • 10WoodburnSubstituted forHansonat 75'minutes
  • 11Fosu-HenrySubstituted forHallat 82'minutes
  • 19Mackie

Substitutes

  • 5Moore
  • 7Hall
  • 12Long
  • 13Stevens
  • 18Sykes
  • 20Hanson
  • 21Napa
Referee:
Peter Wright
Attendance:
33,498

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 1, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Oxford United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Elliott Moore replaces Cameron Brannagan.

Booking

Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

James Henry (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

George Dobson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United).

Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Hanson (Oxford United).

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Tom Flanagan (Sunderland).

Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury John Mousinho (Oxford United).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Cadden.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Chris Maguire replaces Lynden Gooch.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

Hand ball by Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jamie Hanson replaces Ben Woodburn.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Aiden McGeady replaces William Grigg.

Hand ball by Duncan Watmore (Sunderland).

Booking

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match because of an injury Robert Dickie (Oxford United).

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Robert Dickie (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ben Woodburn (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Robert Dickie (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by James Henry.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fleetwood11003123
2Blackpool11002023
3Lincoln City11002023
4Wycombe11002023
5Rochdale11003213
6Rotherham11002113
7Coventry11001013
8Ipswich11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Doncaster10101101
11Gillingham10101101
12Oxford Utd10101101
13Sunderland10101101
14MK Dons00000000
15Tranmere100123-10
16Wimbledon100112-10
17Burton100101-10
18Portsmouth100101-10
19Southend100101-10
20Peterborough100113-20
21Accrington100102-20
22Bristol Rovers100102-20
23Bury0000000-12
24Bolton100102-2-12
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