14 November 2020 20:31
Scott Fraser struck the winning penalty just after half-time to secure a 2-1 win for MK Dons at Sunderland. The Black Cats threw away an early lead and ultimately the points to suffer defeat for only the second time this season in League One. But MK Dons will not care about that after extending their own unbeaten run to four matches to climb up the table - ending a 20-game run without a win away from home. MK Dons looked confident from the start, even though Sunderland took the lead in the 12th minute when Max Power hammered home from the edge of the area. The lead lasted less than four minutes because Ben Gladwin's delivery from the left was flicked inside the far post by the head of experienced striker Cameron Jerome. Sunderland did not create enough clear-cut chances and immediately after the restart Power gifted MK Dons a second by bringing down Fraser in the area.
Fraser sent Remi Matthews the wrong way from the spot. Sunderland had chances. Will Grigg wasted one when he somehow could not convert Lynden Gooch's low cross. Denver Hume was denied by Andrew Fisher a couple of times late on, while Matthews spared Sunderland further frustration when he saved from Fraser. Phil Parkinson, manager of Sunderland (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images) The Black Cats have made 10 alterations to their starting XI, with Jordan Willis the only player to keep his spot in the lineup. Bailey Wright, Luke O'Nien, Denver Hume, Lynden Gooch, Grant Leadbitter, and Josh Scowen all return to the side, while Max Power wears the captain's armband. Sign up to our Sunderland AFC newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Sign up Thanks for signing up! Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. Submitting... Up front Will Grigg has been handed a rare start alongside Charlie Wyke, while Remi Matthews starts ahead of Lee Burge between the sticks, with the number one carrying a slight ankle issue that means he is only fit enough for the bench. And it's those two decisions that really seem to have gotten supporters talking: @MattyCain2 tweeted: "I see Mr William Grigg, am I hallucinating?" @braddfearnleyy tweeted: "Grigg goal inbound" @Lewis_h__ tweeted: "Grigg + Wyke. This is going to be amazing". @BradleyStanlick tweeted: "Giving Grigg a chance" alongside a big green tick. @bamgboyeolu tweeted: "Oh not this again. Why Matthews?" @darksidemackem tweeted: "Can't believe Matthews starts. Burge is bad but he's next level". Sunderland and MK Dons will be hoping to get back to winning ways as they face of in Sky Bet League One. While the Black Cats are on a three-match unbeaten run in the league they have lost twice in the last week through cup competition, while the Dons have recorded back-to-back draw in their last two league fixtures. Kick-off is at 3pm, with Football League World reporting live from Wearside, where we've just received today's team news. Team news Sunderland welcome back Max Power, Lynden Gooch, Luke O'Nien and Denver Hume to the starting XI. The quartet have been out of action since the victory over Ipswich Town at the start of the month but return for the clash at the Stadium Of Light. The Sunderland team in full is: Remi Matthews, Jordan Willis, Bailey Wright, Max Power, Charlie Wyke, Lynden Gooch, Luke O'Nien, Josh Scowen, Will Grigg, Grant Leadbitter, Denver Hume. Substitutes: Lee Burge, Chris Maguire, George Dobson, Aiden O'Brien, Dion Sanderson, Danny Graham, Jack Diamond. Think you're a big Sunderland fan? Take our 18 question quiz to find out 1 of 18 What year were Sunderland formed? As for MK Dons, it's eight changes from Wednesday night's EFL Trophy defeat against Southampton under-21s, with just Scott Fraser, David Kasumu and Matthew Sorinola keeping their place. The MK Dons team in full is: Andrew Fisher, Dean Lewington, Richard Keogh, Ben Gladwin, David Kasumu, Scott Fraser, Stephen Walker, Warren O'Hora, Louis Thompson, Matthew Sorinola, Cameron Jerome. Substitutes: Lee Nicholls. Baily Cargill, Carlton Morris, Lasse Sorensen, Jack Davies, John Freeman, Lewis Johnson.