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Sunderland 2-2 Gillingham

Former Sunderland striker Mikael Mandron put a dent in his old club's promotion chances by scoring twice to claim a point for Gillingham in a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Mandron, who left the Wearside club in 2016, grabbed his fifth and sixth goals of the season to level things up twice and earn another positive result against the Black Cats this season.

Kyle Lafferty had twice put Sunderland ahead in the 64th and 83rd minutes on his first start for the club. His first was a header from Denver Hume's left-wing cross, and his second a low finish after being put through by midfielder George Dobson.

But Gillingham, who were out to frustrate the hosts all afternoon, got their reward by fighting back twice to claim that point courtesy of Mandron's double.

His first was in the 74th minute when he poked a finish inside the far corner after Jordan Willis had struggled to deal with a corner properly.

And when Olly Lee laid the ball off for Mandron deep into six minutes of stoppage-time the striker did the rest with a brilliant low finish inside goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin's bottom right corner.

Rather than climb to within a point of second spot, Sunderland are fifth and stay three shy of Rotherham.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 5OzturkBooked at 42minsSubstituted forSemenyoat 81'minutes
  • 12Flanagan
  • 13O'Nien
  • 18Dobson
  • 6Power
  • 33HumeSubstituted forLynchat 89'minutes
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forScowenat 85'minutes
  • 8Lafferty
  • 11Gooch

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 3Lynch
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 22Grigg
  • 28Scowen
  • 42Semenyo

Gillingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bonham
  • 12Fuller
  • 5Ehmer
  • 27Tucker
  • 6Ogilvie
  • 19GrahamBooked at 42minsSubstituted forLeeat 58'minutes
  • 4O'KeefeBooked at 44minsSubstituted forAkindeat 72'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 10RobertsBooked at 43minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 61'minutes
  • 7Hanlan
  • 9Mandron

Substitutes

  • 8Willock
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 15Akinde
  • 17Pringle
  • 21Walsh
  • 22Lee
  • 24O'Connor
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
29,872

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 2, Gillingham 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Gillingham 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 2, Gillingham 2. Mikael Mandron (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Olly Lee.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Max Power.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by John Akinde (Gillingham).

  6. Post update

    Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John Akinde (Gillingham).

  8. Post update

    Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mikael Mandron (Gillingham).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Joel Lynch replaces Denver Hume.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jack Tucker.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Mikael Mandron (Gillingham).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Josh Scowen replaces Chris Maguire.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Antoine Semenyo (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Jack Tucker (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 2, Gillingham 1. Kyle Lafferty (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Dobson following a fast break.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Antoine Semenyo replaces Alim Ozturk.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Mikael Mandron (Gillingham).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Gillingham. Barry Fuller tries a through ball, but John Akinde is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry341813348301867
2Rotherham35188961382362
3Oxford Utd35179961372460
4Peterborough351781068402859
5Sunderland351611848301859
6Portsmouth34178951341759
7Fleetwood341611749361359
8Wycombe3417894540559
9Doncaster341591051331854
10Ipswich3614101246361052
11Gillingham35121584234851
12Burton341211114848047
13Blackpool341112114341245
14Lincoln City35126174446-242
15Bristol Rovers34119143649-1342
16Shrewsbury341011133142-1141
17Accrington351010154753-640
18MK Dons35107183647-1137
19Rochdale34106183957-1836
20Wimbledon35811163952-1335
21Tranmere3378183459-2529
22Southend3547243985-4619
23Bolton33510182564-3913
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