Sunderland vs Oxford [League One]

1 Name: 606 2019-08-03 15:11
Sunderland vs Oxford [15:00 BST]

Jack Ross included four of his five summer signings in the starting XI on the opening day, with debuts for Conor McLaughlin, Jordan Willis, George Dobson, and on-loan Reading striker Marc McNulty.

The fifth, goalkeeper Lee Burge, was on the bench.

Elliot Embleton made his first league start for the Black Cats, while Ross gave the captain’s armband to keeper Jon McLaughlin.
As expected, Aiden McGeady, Chris Maguire, and Duncan Watmore – all of whom have missed part of pre-season due to injuries – were passed fit only to be included on the bench.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson gave starts to four new signings, including ex-Sunderland youngster Alex Gorrin.

Other new signings making the debuts are Tariq Fosu, and on-loan Liverpool striker Ben Woodburn, and on-loan Columbus Crew midfielder Chris Cadden.

Sunderland XI: J McLaughlin, C McLaughlin, Willis, Flanagan, Gooch, Dobson, McGeouch, Hume, Embleton, Grigg, McNulty

Subs: Burge, Ozturk, Maguire, O’Nien, Watmore, McGeady, Leadbitter

Oxford danger men:

Chris Cadden - defender/midfielder

After leaving Motherwell this summer, Cadden was linked with a move to Sunderland. He ended up joining Columbus Crew and then moved to Oxford on loan for the season. a tenacious player, he can attack and defend in equal measure and will likely be the player Karl Robinson hopes makes his side tick in the midfield today.

Ben Woodburn - winger

Joined on loan from Liverpool during the week so it’s unknown whether he’ll be ready to start today, but he’ll certainly be in the squad. The young Wales international was targeted by Chris Coleman during his time at Sunderland but no move ever materialised. After a disappointing loan spell at Sheffield United last term, Woodburn will have a point to prove this season and there’s no doubting he’d love to get off to a good start today.

Jamie Mackie - striker

Currently the only striker on Oxford’s books, Mackie is an experienced battler who never makes life easy for defenders. Earlier in his career he moved from QPR to Nottingham Forest for £1m in a time where teams in the Championship weren’t spending the kind of money they are now. He’s a handful, and Sunderland’s defenders can’t let him bully them.
2 Name: NUFC 2019-08-03 15:12
3 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:29
It's back
4 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:29

Reported, saged, and hidden.
5 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:29
Your heroic manager dropping dead right after getting you up is about as shitty as it gets.
6 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:30
It’s Saturday cold blow lane we’ve all come down to cheer, we’ve had our jellied eels and our pint ah beer

Come rain or shine all the time our families we’ll bring

And as the lions come on the pitch
7 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:30
Might just stick Sky Sports News on instead of watching a game
8 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:31
Has this ever happened before?
9 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:31
this is complete and utter nonsense
10 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:31
What is going on with Sunderland?
11 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:31
Debt and owner cant/wont pay
12 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:32
My teams

Championship: Milwall
League One: Blackpool
League Two: Morecambe
National League: Eastleith
National League North: King's Lynn
National League South: Eastbourne Boro
13 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:32
Can't wait. No idea what this season holds, signings have been League One quality and Dobson is unproven so we'll just have a laugh and try to stay up.
14 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:33
Sage until the ashes are over
15 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:35
did the man hit the ball with the bat?
16 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:35
*surreptitiously opens the betfair website*
17 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:35
Line-up has precisely zero signings in so that's an interesting start.
18 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:36
Cardiff and Fulham return to the EFL after just one season back in the top flight

19 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:38
What happens if you beat a team like Bolton and then they fold? Do you get to keep the points?
20 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:38

Sunderland coundn't beat shit, so who cares.
21 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:39
Everybody gets the points against them
22 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:39
I think all the results against them become void if they couldn't finish the season
23 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:39
think this happened to lugo in spain last year
24 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:40
Imagine being sponsored by Soccer Saturday Super 6.
25 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:40
Good to be back lads. Enjoy the season
26 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:40
Good luck on the season fellas. May your respective clubs triumph. Unless you support Southampton.
27 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:41
no final score on the red button lads wtf
28 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:41
no BBC Final Score/Football Focus
don't have Sky

Teletext it is lads
29 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:43
in all seriousness where the fuck do i look for streams now that the subreddits have been nuked
30 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:44
Sunderland concede the first League One 3pm goal of the season

Absolute fucking state
31 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:45
Fulham about to get relegated from Championship as well

absolute state
32 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 15:46
Where the frick have the streams gone from reddit?
33 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 16:07
Remember when he was going to be the next GOAT?
34 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 16:08
This is usually the case, though the EFL will try to get them to complete all their matches which they just about did last year

There was an unusual case in the Spanish league once where a team folded bang on in the middle of the season when they had played each team once but no team twice, in that case the Spanish football league allowed all the teams to keep the points they picked up against them
35 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 16:08
Oxford ahead with 19% possession
36 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 16:09
every team i picked is losing

well fuck lads. need some halftime adjustments
37 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 16:10
Brian Clough... *sips* now THAT'S a manager!
38 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 16:22
Was expected. Ruffels is a mong. Our defence is poor but we still need better FW's. Losing Whyte is gonna cost us.
39 Name: Anonymous 2019-08-03 17:46
Score draw jack Ross strikes again.

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