Sunderland’s Max Power ran 50 yards to celebrate in front of the Oxford dugout after manager Karl Robinson claimed his goalkeeper Jack Stevens had been headbutted during a break at the Stadium of Light.
Power put Sunderland ahead 3-1 in injury time to seal victory and sprinted half the length of the field to celebrate in front of the Oxford dugout.
In a short-tempered affair, the Sunderland and Oxford players collided in the tunnel at the end of both halves.
Sunderland’s Max Power ran 50 meters to celebrate passionately in front of the Oxford dugout
The midfielder placed Black Cats 3-1 in stoppage time to seal victory in a hot-tempered affair
Tempers flared after an alleged massive rest between both parties
After sealing victory, Power was clearly eager to rub his opponent’s nose in it
Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson also hinted that there were things he was not happy about regarding the visitor camp, while Robinson suggested that the police would get involved. The exact nature of the events is unclear.
The Oxford manager said, “We have asked the police to come. Their players have seen it, our players have seen it.
‘My player certainly felt it. But for some unknown reason, there is no footage. Ironically here, it isn’t.
‘My goalkeeper, he got a headbutt halfway through, there was a huge brawl in there. I think there were only handbags. I walked in mid-time, very calm. I was calm for much of the game. ‘
Karl Robinson claimed that goalkeeper Jack Stevens had been headbutted and that the police will be involved
The Oxford boss himself was sent to the stands after protesting Sunderland’s second goal
Johnson suggested there were more issues at the end of the match, and it remains to be seen what referee Trevor Kettle will include in his report.
The Sunderland boss said, ‘Really, I didn’t see what happened at half time. I was in the toilet waiting for the boys in the locker room, wondering where everyone was.
It was probably a good thing because I would have been there as a Scrappy Doo. See, it happens all the time, especially in a dense space. It was a lot of handbags.
It also happened at the end, which isn’t ideal, and I think it was provoked, to be honest.
‘As a football club I want us to perform with class, but I also want us to take care of each other when there are times.’
He added: ‘He (Robinson) has to be careful. I’ll tell you that. When it comes to the story of an argument, every story always has two sides. Let me tell you there was a lot of Oxford staff out there that didn’t smell like roses, let’s just say that. ‘
Lee Johnson hinted that there were also things he was not happy about from the Oxford camp
Oxford’s Mark Sykes was sent off in the second half for a second bookable foul
Sunderland had to come from behind to claim maximum points after James Henry shot Oxford up front in the 21st minute.
After Lynden Gooch tied the score in first half injury time, Sunderland made the most of Mark Sykes’ red card just after the hour when the Oxford midfielder took a second yellow for a tackle on Luke O’Nien.
Aiden McGeady put Sunderland in the lead with nine minutes to go after Power’s quick free kick. Power himself added the third deep into injury time at the break when the Black Cats were two points behind Peterborough in second place.
Robinson, whose side is four points outside the play-off zone, also received a red card for his complaints to Kettle after Sunderland’s second goal.
James Henry had put the visitors at the front of the Stadium of Light early in the first half
Lynden Gooch equalized in injury time in the first half after great work by winger Jordan Jones
Aiden McGeady shot home side ahead in the 81st minute before Power’s third sealed the win
He said: ‘It was a good game of football, spoiled by you know who. I don’t want to say his name. The decisions have baffled me.
‘We had eliminated a player for that second goal. There was a duty of care to see if the player was injured, the man in the middle wanted to save it over him. I respect Trevor, had him a lot.
‘I am frustrated because the players were excellent, even up to 10 men. To get here, we performed bravely.
“This could be the motivation we need to get us through and see us meet them again in the playoffs.”