Good Friday became a Great Friday for Sunderland, seeing off a ten-man Oxford side who saw their manager sent to the stand. The lads showed great character to come back from behind, here’s how they rated out of ten.
Lee Burge (6/10): Can’t be blamed for the goal, and had a quiet game overall.
Conor McLaughlin (6/10): Struggled to cope with Brandon Barker’s energy. Composed in possession, getting forward well.
Dion Sanderson (6/10): Pretty solid in defence and dominant in the air despite some sloppy passing.
Luke O’Nien (6/10): Sharp on the ball and swept up any loose balls.
Callum McFadzean (4/10): Like McLaughlin, McFadzean couldn’t deal with his winger, Shodipo.
Josh Scowen (5/10): Anonymous for a lot of the match and struggled to get on the ball. Carried it well on occasions but not regularly enough to impress.
Max Power (6/10): Power couldn’t control the game, but never gave up and showed great energy to seal the win.
Lynden Gooch (6/10): Got into a good position to equalise. Wasn’t at his best today, but put a few dangerous crosses in when we pushed forward against ten men.
Jordan Jones (8/10): Sunderland’s biggest threat every time he plays. Drove forward at every opportunity and showed great skill to create Gooch’s goal.
Aiden McGeady (7/10): A mixed bag from the winger. Gave the ball away cheaply for their goal, but a creative force throughout and won us the game with a great strike.
Charlie Wyke (6/10): A good outlet up front but never looked like scoring.
Ross Stewart (6/10): Made his presence known with his aerial ability.
Chris Maguire (6/10): Slowed the game down and worked hard as we held onto the lead.
Grant Leadbitter (6/10): Saw out the win in the latter stages.