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Oxford United 0-1 Sunderland

In-form Sunderland secured their seventh victory in nine games as another disciplined defensive display secured a 1-0 win over Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.

It was the Black Cats' seventh clean sheet in their last eight matches and moved them within three points of League One leaders Rotherham.

Chris Maguire's third-minute corner led to the only goal of the game as Jordan Willis flicked a header towards goal, though the last touch appeared to come off Oxford defender John Mousinho.

It stunned the hosts, who were playing with three centre-backs for the first time this season.

Sunderland continued to enjoy plenty of the ball, with Maguire prodding a 12-yard shot over the crossbar.

Oxford showed their intent at the start of the second with some sustained pressure.

Josh Ruffels had a 20-yard volley pushed over by visiting goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, and Dan Agyei threatened first with a shot that lacked power and then steered a diving header wide.

Ruffels also nodded a corner into the side-netting.

At the other end Charlie Wyke headed wide from seven yards, but Sunderland held on to their advantage.

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Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 14Forde
  • 4Dickie
  • 15Mousinho
  • 5Moore
  • 3Ruffels
  • 17HenrySubstituted forMackieat 89'minutes
  • 8BrannaganBooked at 90mins
  • 18SykesSubstituted forHollandat 78'minutes
  • 23AgyeiSubstituted forBrowneat 62'minutes
  • 9Taylor

Substitutes

  • 12Long
  • 13Stevens I
  • 19Mackie
  • 20Hanson
  • 22Thorne
  • 27Holland
  • 30Browne

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 26WrightSubstituted forOzturkat 84'minutes
  • 12Flanagan
  • 13O'Nien
  • 18Dobson
  • 6Power
  • 33Hume
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forLaffertyat 86'minutes
  • 9Wyke
  • 11GoochSubstituted forScowenat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 5Ozturk
  • 8Lafferty
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 28Scowen
  • 42Semenyo
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
9,105

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Sunderland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Sunderland 1.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Josh Scowen (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Marcus Browne (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Sunderland).

Booking

Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

Denver Hume (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jamie Mackie replaces James Henry.

Robert Dickie (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Kyle Lafferty replaces Chris Maguire.

Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Dickie with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Alim Ozturk replaces Bailey Wright because of an injury.

Marcus Browne (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Sunderland).

Robert Dickie (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

Offside, Sunderland. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Josh Scowen is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Nathan Holland replaces Mark Sykes.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Oxford United).

Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Henry.

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Maguire following a set piece situation.

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

Josh Scowen (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Ruffels.

John Mousinho (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

Matty Taylor (Oxford United).

Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by James Henry (Oxford United).

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

James Henry (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Max Power (Sunderland).

Attempt saved. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham31176856322457
2Coventry301512343281557
3Wycombe3216884136556
4Peterborough331671065392655
5Sunderland31159742261654
6Portsmouth30158745301553
7Ipswich321410845311452
8Fleetwood30149746351151
9Doncaster31139947311648
10Gillingham31111373830846
11Oxford Utd30129947341345
12Burton311110104242043
13Bristol Rovers31119113542-742
14Accrington31109124546-139
15Lincoln City33115174144-338
16Blackpool30910113939037
17Shrewsbury30811112536-1135
18MK Dons3196163342-933
19Rochdale3196163551-1633
20Wimbledon3179153746-930
21Tranmere3058172853-2523
22Southend3137213378-4516
23Bolton2958162461-3711
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