Sunderland returns to the league and takes its second trip against Milton Keynes Dons at the stadium within a week: MK

It’s the second trip to Stadium: MK for the Black Cats this week after winning the Papa John’s Midweek Trophy

Sunderland booked their spot in the semi-finals of the competition with a 3-0 win on Tuesday night, but it was a closer affair than the goal line suggests

Late hits from Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke added glamor after Dean Lewington’s own goal gave Lee Johnson’s side an early lead

Attention is now being drawn back to promotion offer and a win could tie Sunderland level with Peterborough United in the playoffs

Conor McLaughlin will not be risked this afternoon as he is stepping up his comeback from an injury

Lee Johnson’s side were the better side in the second half and had to come from behind to take a point on their travels

Goals from Charlie Wyke and Luke O’Nien weren’t enough to give the Black Cats all three points, but they remain undefeated on the road

Lee Johnson was left to curse the officials – and to get some erratic results from his players – when Sunderland was held by MK Dons

Charlie Wyke’s early goal gave the Black Cats the lead, but goals from Joe Mason and Cameron Jerome turned the game around in the first half before Luke O’Nien scored for the Wearsiders shortly after the break

Johnson was unhappy with referee Tom Nield, saying Sunderland was denied a stone wall penalty in the second half and he also said MK’s second goal should have been blocked for offside

“I’m disappointed we didn’t get three points because it was 100 percent a penalty, a stonemason – the man’s hand is in the air and the rule is that his arm is in an unnatural position and his hits arm, it’s a punishment, “said Johnson

The Black Cats will wonder why they didn’t win in a row at MK Stadium this afternoon

Lee Johnson looked frustrated when his Sunderland side failed to convert second-half chances that would have maintained their play-off status in League One

Luke O’Nien’s equalizer in the second half against MK Dons preserved Sunderland’s unbeaten away record – but the Black Cats fell out of the top 6

Charlie Wyke scored his 13th Ligator of the season to give his team an early lead in the stadium: mk, but the Dons turned it around before the middle of the first half with goals from Joe Mason and then Cameron Jerome

But shortly after the break, O’Nien started his first league start since early December with the aim of securing a point for the Wearsiders that they fully deserved – and if they optimally use the countless chances they had in the second had used time they would have comfortably gained

As it was, Charlton’s win at Rochdale meant the Addicks jumped Sunderland to sixth place, two points ahead of the Black Cats, despite the fact that the Londoners played two additional games

Fisher scored an incredible save to deny McGeady with the final kick of the game

Max Power is ambitiously trying to get to the center line and only goes far

A member of the MK Dons coaching staff kicked a ball onto the field twice to prevent Sunderland from taking a quick free kick

Jones is only inches away from getting a winner when Fisher tapes his efforts around the post

Laird wastes a huge opportunity for the host. His efforts out of the box are over

Power flashes a brilliant ball over the box, but there is no red and white shirt that plays a game of chance

Leadbitter goes into the book for a foul on Cameron Jerome Sunderland players still protesting the penalty decision (or lack of)

Sunderland is really on the rise here you have forced a number of corners unsuccessfully

Short corner left, leadbitter to McGeady, McGeady’s shot from outside the box went way past the goal, but it goes straight to O’Nien, who controls the goalkeeper and shoots deep into the lower right corner

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