Sunderland drew yet another League One game yesterday afternoon. The Black Cats conceded a late goal from Marcus Browne as Oxford United claimed a 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium.
Earlier, Jimmy Dunne had given the visitors the lead but Sunderland boss Jack Ross must have been disappointed with yet another sub-par performance from the promotion chasers.
In fact, were it not for one Sunderland player, it could have been worse.
Jon McLaughlin made a number of superb stops in the game to keep Oxford at bay. The Scottish goalkeeper has certainly made a habit of being brilliant this season.
Snapped up from Hearts on a free transfer, as reported by the BBC, in the summer he has been a revelation at the Stadium of Light.
His displays between the sticks for Sunderland have kept them in the running for an automatic promotion slot, with numerous occasions he has managed to ensure turning potential defeats into draws this term.
Sunderland fans are getting used to his heroics by now. Another man-of-the-match display and surely he is Sunderland’s player of the season. Now if only the club’s other players could provide more going the other way, some of these draws might become important wins for the Wearsiders.
Catching up on the football, so Jon McLaughlin already has player of the season in the bag, yes? #safc
— Sam Hillock (@pinkfairy727) February 9, 2019
Only Leadbitter and McLaughlin would get more than a 5 for me. The rest were abysmal. #safc
— Jordan Ramsey (@RamseySAFC) February 9, 2019
Not good enough today from #safc. McLaughlin’s early saves masked a lot of issues. Oxford were more than deserving of a point.
— Grant Tunkel (@GTunk) February 9, 2019
We can moan about how they scored but we were poor again and didn’t deserve anything. Only kept in the game by another brilliant performance from McLaughlin. #safc
— Scott Richardson (@ScottRichards0n) February 9, 2019
— Colin Robert Docherty (@ColinRDocker) February 9, 2019
McLaughlin has saved us as many points as Camp and Steele cost us last season!#SAFC
— Dannygroves (@dpgroves6) February 9, 2019
Decent half. Scored from a corner, yes, a corner. Finally score a set-piece, about time like. We edge the half. But THANK GOD we have Jon McLaughlin, doing his standard and saving us. Need to push on and get a second to end single goal run. C’MON SUNDERLAND!!! #SAFC #HawayTheLads https://t.co/vrrC7oBrkS
— Ian Crow (@Ian_Crow3) February 9, 2019
— Mark Donnelly (@markdonnelly_) February 9, 2019