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cobson’s corner then they would have been ahead earlier. However, Sunderland wasted a couple of late chances before the break too.
Irish winger Aidan McGeady, the pick of the players on the day, was almost rewarded for a performance of intent with the opener but he rolled an effort wide when he got free of his marker in the area. Other than that there was very little for either goalkeeper to deal with.
But with 66 minutes on the clock, a routine ball into the area wasn’t dealt with. Onyedinma controlled and then powered a finish high inside McLaughlin’s net from 14 yards to stun the Wearside crowd.
Sunderland pulled it back when Maja controlled a lovely run and pass from George Honeyman to prevent a frustrating home defeat.
Maja is an academy graduate at Sunderland and he is certainly taking his chance this season. He is out of contract in the summer and has clubs monitoring him at higher levels, having proven his quality.
Ross said: “I know he will be here with me until minimum January and I would hope longer but you can’t say that with any certainty but I hope he will be at Sunderland in the future.
“I do know he is enjoying his football and playing regularly and contributing and you sometimes forget how young he is and to score 11 goals he deserves huge credit for that.
“He knows there are aspects of his game he needs to improve on and he knows he can progress here. I believe we will continue to improve him, but there are not that many better clubs than this so there are a whole lot of things for him to consider.
He added: “There is an element of frustration after this because there was the tangible reward for us and how the game panned out there is frustration. On the flip side I don’t think you could ask the players to show more desire.
“You have to have good squads who want to play in the game and every single player deserves credit for making a contribution to get something from the game.”
RESCUE ACT: Josh Maja fires home Sunderland’s late leveller