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Sunderland 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

Bailey Wright's second-half volley was enough to earn a depleted Sunderland a draw against Wimbledon after Covid-19 caused problems at the Stadium of Light.

The Australian defender volleyed inside the far corner in the 62nd minute to cancel out Joe Pigott's penalty, which had given the visitors the lead three minutes before half-time.

That was how it remained on a day when the Black Cats attempted to have the League One game postponed because a player had tested positive for coronavirus and seven others were told to self-isolate at home.

Wimbledon looked to take advantage and, despite Sunderland enjoying the lion's share of the possession, secured the lead when Pigott scored from the spot.

He sent goalkeeper Lee Burge the wrong way after Callum McFadzean had pulled down Jack Rudoni in the area.

Sunderland, forced to make five changes from the side that won 4-0 at Lincoln on Saturday, had chances themselves but struggled to seriously test goalkeeper Connal Trueman enough.

The nearest the hosts came in the first half was when Elliot Embleton was denied by Trueman after Grant Leadbitter and Aiden O'Brien had created the opportunity.

After the restart Sunderland pushed more players forward and just after the hour Wright volleyed sweetly inside the far corner from a tight angle after controlling a Jack Diamond delivery.

Wimbledon created some good chances to win it, with Shane McLoughlin wasting a great chance, but there was to be no further breakthrough.

Earlier, the Black Cats had said they looked into the possibility of postponing the clash but could not reach an agreement with the EFL.

A statement posted on the club's website prior to kick-off read: "After displaying symptoms of coronavirus on Sunday, one senior player has returned a positive test for Covid-19 and is currently observing a period of isolation.

"In line with Government advice, seven other first-team players are also self-isolating at home - two of which have displayed symptoms - after coming into close proximity with the individual that has tested positive.

"Due to the severity of the impact this has had on the team's preparations for Tuesday's match, the club explored the option of postponing the fixture and engaged in extensive dialogue with the EFL.

"Disappointingly, an agreement couldn't be reached due to the lack of clarity regarding potential sanctions SAFC could face in the event that the fixture was unfulfilled."

The PA news agency understands the EFL will listen to all appeals from clubs for matches to be postponed, but an investigation into the reasons behind that request would subsequently be required.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Burge
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 16Sanderson
  • 5Wright
  • 25McFadzeanSubstituted forWillisat 80'minutes
  • 8DobsonSubstituted forGoochat 45'minutes
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 17Embleton
  • 21Diamond
  • 22GriggSubstituted forCurryat 75'minutes
  • 10O'Brien

Substitutes

  • 4Willis
  • 11Gooch
  • 24Neil
  • 35Younger
  • 40Taylor
  • 43Patterson
  • 46Curry

Wimbledon

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Trueman
  • 19McLoughlin
  • 6Thomas
  • 22Heneghan
  • 3Csoka
  • 42Seddon
  • 29LongmanBooked at 70mins
  • 4Woodyard
  • 33ReillyBooked at 49mins
  • 12RudoniSubstituted forChislettat 88'minutes
  • 39Pigott

Substitutes

  • 5Nightingale
  • 7Alexander
  • 8Hartigan
  • 9Palmer
  • 11Chislett
  • 13Tzanev
  • 18Guinness-Walker
Referee:
James Oldham

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, AFC Wimbledon 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, AFC Wimbledon 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Reilly.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Dion Sanderson tries a through ball, but Mitchell Curry is caught offside.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Ethan Chislett replaces Jack Rudoni because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Seddon (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Rudoni.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Elliot Embleton (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Dion Sanderson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Sunderland).

  11. Post update

    Alex Woodyard (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Jordan Willis replaces Callum McFadzean.

  14. Post update

    Jack Diamond (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon).

  16. Post update

    Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Shane McLoughlin (AFC Wimbledon).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Terell Thomas (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Reilly with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

  20. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull17111529161334
2Portsmouth1895430151532
3Peterborough18102629191032
4Lincoln City1710252015532
5Ipswich1810262319432
6Doncaster1693429181130
7Charlton169342516930
8Accrington159242317629
9Sunderland177732314928
10Fleetwood1883726161027
11Crewe188282219326
12Blackpool178271920-126
13Gillingham177281821-323
14Wimbledon175662327-421
15MK Dons184772023-319
16Rochdale175482226-419
17Oxford Utd175482024-419
18Bristol Rovers165471824-619
19Plymouth175482232-1019
20Northampton1853101631-1518
21Shrewsbury173861824-617
22Swindon1851122235-1316
23Wigan1742111530-1514
24Burton182792233-1113
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