Sunderland suffered a significant setback over the weekend after dropping points against MK Dons.
A 3-0 victory over Russell Martin’s side in the Papa John’s Trophy last week will have given Lee Johnson’s side plenty of confidence going into Saturday’s game but it just wasn’t enough as the Black Cats were held to a 2-2 draw against the Dons.
Charlie Wyke’s opener was cancelled out by Joe Garner, before Cameron Jerome gave the hosts a deserved lead inside just 20 minutes.
Luke O’Nien drew the game level just before the hour mark but Sunderland were unable to take the initiative and turn their one point into three as they lost ground on the League One play-off spots.
Lee Johnson is still taking stock of his squad, but who made an impression on the boss? We take a look at one winner and one loser from the 2-2 draw.
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Winner – Jordan Jones
The winger will no doubt have been disappointed to drop to the bench after an impressive display against MK Dons in the cup last week.
That said, he certainly made an impression after being introduced in the second period.
Jones was lively and dangerous in his 22 minutes on the pitch and surely that will be enough to give Lee Johnson no choice but to play him from the start against Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.
Loser – Jake Vokins
The 20-year-old made his Sunderland debut against MK Dons but had an afternoon to forget.
Vokins replaced Callum McFadzean at left back but really struggled to make his mark on the game as he endured a torrid time against Russell Martin’s side.
It remains to be seen if he’ll get another chance against Shrewsbury but the Southampton man will need to put in a much better display if he’s going to be a regular features on Johnson’s side.