Sunderland came from behind to draw 1-1 with Wycombe thanks to a late Josh Maja goal and kept Sunderland’s League One unbeaten home record intact.
The lads were far from their best throughout the game and fell behind as Fred Onyedinma scored for the away side in the second half. Josh Maja came off the bench to level late on as Sunderland continued the record of scoring in every game this season.
After two cup games in the FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy Sunderland returned to league action as the lads hosted Wycombe Wanderers.
Jack Ross only made one change from the last league game with Josh Maja dropping to the bench as Jerome Sinclair returned to the starting 11.
Despite playing midweek Max Power had to settle for a place on the bench. Jon McLaughlin and Tom Flanagan returned from international duty and started the game.
Wycombe sat in 15th coming into the game and were knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Luton Town. In their last League One outing they beat Peterborough 1-0 which showed they were no pushovers.
Aiden McGeady was the first to have an effort in the match, after some fine work from Chris Maguire. The Scot played it wide to the winger and he used his trickery to beat his man but could only fire it over the bar.
Sunderland edged the opening ten minutes, however, barring the early chance for McGeady the game had balanced out and the away side started to grow into the game.
Jack Ross’ men were really struggling to get anything going offensively with Wycombe looking the stronger side. The Chairboys were pressing high up the pitch and not letting the Sunderland players control possession.
The away side could have taken the lead from a brilliant Joe Jacobson corner. The full-back whipped in a brilliant low delivery which was met by the head of his captain Adam El-Abd. The centre-backs header flashed wide of the post as the Sunderland defenders breathed a sigh of relief.
Wycombe were on top and had a chance with just over ten minutes to play in the first half. Onyedinma ran against Jack Baldwin one on and one and fired a powerful shot which hit the side netting.
With only a few minutes of the half left, Sunderland should have been in front. Sinclair flicked on a high ball to McGeady who was clean through on goal. The Irishman struck his shot poorly with his left foot and dragged it wide of the Wycombe goal.
Sunderland had stepped up a gear and had another great chance. Adam Matthews raced forward and got to the by-line, but his pull back was well stopped by keeper Matt Ingram.
There was a frustration in the air and it was a performance very dissimilar to what the fans have come to expect this season.
The second half had started at a much quicker pace than the first as Sunderland had upped the tempo. Maja and Power were both introduced to add that bit of quality to get the goals.
With just under half an hour to play the game had again fallen flat, Sunderland were lacking that final pass to get in behind the Wycombe defence.
Wycombe took the lead through Onyedinma on 67 minutes. The ball dropped to the forward with time in the box and he rifled it into the top corner and left McLaughlin with no chance.
It was hard to argue with the score line as the lads just didn’t look up for it. Even though Sunderland started the half well, all the energy seemed to have disappeared.
Maja had his first real chance since coming on after some good work from McGeady on the right. His cross dropped to Maja who managed to sort his feet out to shoot, however, his strike smashed into the side netting.
Sunderland finally managed to get the goal with just over five minutes to play, the ball was played back from Honeyman who got right to the by-line and found Maja. The striker kept his composure to fire home from close range.
The home side were pressing for the winner and following a short corner, the ball was played back to Mad Power who fired a shot towards goal. His effort brilliantly saved by Ingram who parried it behind the post.
The fans tried to push the team to get that winning goal, but it was too late, the last chance fell to Maguire, but his volley was easily saved by Ingram.
Final Score: 1-1
ALS Man of the Match: Josh Maja