Sunderland’s impressive run of form continued in League One, as they beat promotion-chasing rivals Oxford United 3-1 at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats fell behind in the game though, as James Henry’s well-struck effort gave the visitors the lead after 21 minutes.
But Sunderland worked their way back into the game, and were rewarded for their pressure, as Lynden Gooch equalised in first-half stoppage-time.
Oxford United’s Mark Sykes was then sent-off for a strong challenge in the second-half, and Sunderland made their man advantage count.
Aiden McGeady put Sunderland in front for the first time of the game with just nine minutes remaining of the match, before Max Power scored their third of the match deep into injury-time.
Dion Sanderson impressed once again for the Black Cats in defence, and will be hoping he can continue to play his part in the club’s bid for promotion this term.
Sunderland are currently sat third in the League One table, and are just three points adrift of league-leaders Hull City with nine matches remaining in their season.
Sanderson took to Instagram following the win over the U’s, and labelled the victory as a ‘great result’, before also praising the effort from his team-mates on the day.
It has recently been reported by the Daily Mail that Sunderland have held talks over a potential permanent transfer for Sanderson heading into the summer transfer window.
Lee Johnson’s side are set to return to action on Monday afternoon, when they take on promotion rivals Peterborough United at London Road, in what is certain to be a closely-fought battle between both teams.
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It was another solid performance from Sanderson.
The Stadium of Light faithful will be expecting the defender to keep up this run of performances, as Sunderland head into a season-defining period in this year’s campaign.
Sanderson seems to be enjoying his time with the club so far, and it’ll be interesting to see whether they can convince him to extend his stay at the Stadium of Light.
They face a real battle to land his signature on a permanent basis.