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‘He needs to start’ – Plenty of Sunderland fans react to 24-y/o’s omission v Oxford

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Sunderland dropped more ground in their quest for a top two place in League One, drawing 1-1 with lowly Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium yesterday.

They led for much of the match, Jimmy Dunne giving his side a 34th minute lead which they hung on to until three minutes from time. On-loan Marcus Browne grabbed a late leveller for the hosts, meaning the Black Cats fell eleven points behind leaders Luton Town, albeit with three games in hand.

On current form, those games in hand will not be easy, with Sunderland struggling to turn decent performances into wins. They’re not finding the right blend right now and some fans on Twitter feel that one player has been the victim of an unfair call by manager Jack Ross.

24-year-old Luke O’Nien had been a regular starter in early January, but he’s been dropped for the last two matches. He came on in the 79th minute of yesterday’s encounter, but was unable to help his side to victory.

Some Sunderland fans feel he’s been hard done by and they were quick to express that sentiment on Twitter in the aftermath of yesterday’s damaging draw.

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