Sunderland were held to a 2-2 draw against MK Dons yesterday, a result which saw the Black Cats drop out of the play-off places in the League One promotion race.
Lee Johnson’s side took the lead through Charlie Wyke, but a quick double response from the hosts through Joe Mason and Cameron Jerome meant the Wearside outfit deservedly went in behind at the break.
The visitors were much improved in the second half though, and they got level through Luke O’Nien’s second of the campaign. Despite late pressure, Sunderland couldn’t find a winner, which meant Charlton jumped ahead of them in the table.
Here we look at THREE things we learnt about Johnson’s side from the game…
Charlie Wyke is flying
The former Bradford striker didn’t convince after making the move to the Stadium of Light initially, and there were plenty of doubts as to whether he could fire Sunderland to promotion.
But, he’s answered the critics in style. Even though he could’ve had more, his opener yesterday was Wyke’s 13th in just 23 league games.
Johnson seems to have got the big man firing as well, as he has his seven in his last seven. The challenge is continuing his form, but Wyke is full of confidence right now.
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These draws could be costly
A worrying trend under the new boss is the number of draws, with the result yesterday the fifth time in 11 that Sunderland have shared the points under Johnson.
No side has lost fewer League One games than the Black Cats this season, yet they are down in seventh.
So, it’s clearly a major issue, and there are a combination of factors for that. They need to be more ruthless in the final third, and more aggressive and dominant in trying to keep clean sheets.
The games are coming thick and fast, and Sunderland need to start grinding out wins.
There are reasons for positivity
Even though it was a frustrating result yesterday, MK Dons are a decent team but Sunderland were superior for large spells.
They can take encouragement from how they finished, and the likes of Wyke and Aiden McGeady are starting to show how good they can be.
Ultimately, it’s a case of needing a few tweaks, rather than major changes.