League One
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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Oxford United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Oxford United 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Elliott Moore replaces Cameron Brannagan.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Hanson (Oxford United).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Cadden.

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