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Sunderland 3-1 Oxford United

Aiden McGeady and Max Power's late strikes for Sunderland secured a win over 10-man Oxford as the Black Cats kept the heat on in the race for automatic promotion from League One.

A hotly-contested game saw U's boss Karl Robinson sent to the stands after McGeady's 81st-minute goal, with Oxford midfielder Mark Sykes having earlier been dismissed for a second yellow card just after the hour.

But Sunderland, who stay third, made the most of those incidents by coming from behind to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches in all competitions.

The high-flying hosts did not have it all their own way and they faced a harder challenge when James Henry's brilliant strike put Oxford in front in the 21st minute.

Henry struck first time inside Lee Burge's far corner after Brandon Barker's excellent run and pass deep inside the home side's half created the opening from 22 yards.

But Lynden Gooch's near-post finish following Jordan Jones' clever run and low cross in the second minute of first-half stoppage-time levelled things up.

After the restart Oxford had Sykes sent off just after the hour for a second caution when he was late on Luke O'Nien in the Sunderland area.

Jones then hammered the Oxford bar with a long-range drive soon after, but Sunderland were not to be denied and, with nine minutes remaining, McGeady was on hand to drill low inside Jack Stevens' bottom corner from the edge of the area after Gooch's run inside.

Oxford pressed in the closing stages but Sunderland wrapped things up when Power was left with just the keeper to beat deep into stoppage time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Burge
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 19minsSubstituted forStewartat 67'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 16Sanderson
  • 13O'Nien
  • 25McFadzean
  • 6PowerBooked at 90mins
  • 14Scowen
  • 27JonesSubstituted forMaguireat 77'minutes
  • 28McGeadySubstituted forLeadbitterat 87'minutes
  • 11Gooch
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 10O'Brien
  • 20Matthews
  • 21Diamond
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 26Winchester
  • 31Stewart

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Stevens
  • 14FordeSubstituted forWinnallat 90'minutes
  • 5MooreBooked at 81mins
  • 22Atkinson
  • 20Hanson
  • 17HenryBooked at 54minsSubstituted forLeeat 75'minutes
  • 8BrannaganSubstituted forGraysonat 89'minutes
  • 10SykesBooked at 61mins
  • 25ShodipoSubstituted forKellyat 75'minutes
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forAgyeiat 75'minutes
  • 30BarkerBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 1Eastwood
  • 4McNally
  • 11Winnall
  • 19Agyei
  • 24Grayson
  • 27Lee
  • 28Kelly
Referee:
Trevor Kettle

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 3, Oxford United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Oxford United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Callum McFadzean (Sunderland).

  4. Post update

    Sam Winnall (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Booking

    Max Power (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 3, Oxford United 1. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Wyke with a through ball following a fast break.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ross Stewart.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Atkinson (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Sam Winnall replaces Anthony Forde.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Joe Grayson replaces Cameron Brannagan.

  12. Booking

    Ross Stewart (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ross Stewart (Sunderland).

  14. Post update

    Anthony Forde (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Grant Leadbitter replaces Aiden McGeady.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Robert Atkinson.

  18. Booking

    Elliott Moore (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 2, Oxford United 1. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lynden Gooch.

  20. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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2Peterborough382261066372972
3Sunderland371913558283070
4Lincoln City371881155401562
5Portsmouth371871255401561
6Blackpool361791046321460
7Charlton381611115550559
8Gillingham39177155550558
9Ipswich37177134138358
10Doncaster36176135346757
11Oxford Utd38168145246656
12MK Dons38159145552354
13Accrington37159134951-254
14Plymouth391410155060-1052
15Crewe37149144548-351
16Fleetwood381311144133850
17Shrewsbury361113124042-246
18Burton37119174661-1542
19Northampton39109203354-2139
20Swindon38114234467-2337
21Wimbledon37812173660-2436
22Wigan3898213965-2635
23Bristol Rovers3997233762-2534
24Rochdale37711194769-2232
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