Sunderland survive cup scare

Sunderland avoided a major Capital One Cup upset by scoring four times in the final 12 minutes to beat MK Dons 4-2 at the Stadium of Light.

Last Updated: 27/08/13 at 23:07 Post Comment

Izale McLeod: Watches Valentin Roberge

Izale McLeod: Watches Valentin Roberge

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

League One side MK Dons appeared to be on the verge of a second-round scalp after Patrick Bamford scored on seven minutes and Izale McLeod increased the lead on 55 minutes.

Jozy Altidore pulled one back on 78 minutes before substitute Connor Wickham's brace and an Adam Johnson goal in the closing three minutes sent Sunderland into the third round.

Bamford on loan from Chelsea, blasted the visitors into a seventh-minute lead with his third goal in four games thanks to a rasping long-range drive.

It could have been even worse for the Black Cats, who needed keeper Vito Mannone to keep out a glancing header from team-mate Cabral and enjoyed a rare slice of good fortune when striker McLeod fired just wide inside a turbulent opening 20 minutes.

For their part, Sunderland created little of note, despite right winger Johnson and striker Altidore causing problems, with midfielder David Moberg-Karlsson and Ji Dong-won in particular struggling to make an impact.

But the Swede might have marked his first competitive appearance with an equaliser after Altidore's 44th-minute shot had come back off a post, only to miss his kick and then head tamely at keeper Ian McLoughlin from the rebound.

Whatever he said in the dressing room at half-time, Di Canio sent out the same 11 men for the second half and saw them almost fall further behind with barely a minute played.

Bamford caused problems down the right once again before laying the ball off for skipper Stephen Gleeson to blast a right-foot drive inches over the angle of crossbar and post.

But Sunderland did fall further behind within 10 minutes of the restart when McLeod produced the cheekiest of finishes to extend his side's lead and put them within touching distance of victory.

A much-changed Sunderland, who misfired badly for much of the contest, gave themselves a lifeline with 12 minutes remaining when Altidore made the most of Wickham's through-ball to claim his first goal for the club, but the fireworks had only just begun.

Wickham, who replaced Ji, dashed MK Dons' hopes of hanging on to their lead when he converted full-back Ondrej Celustka's cross four minutes from time and the tie looked to be heading into extra-time.

But the former Ipswich striker snatched even that crumb of comfort from Karl Robinson's men when his 89th-minute shot deflected off defender Ben Reeves and flew past wrong-footed keeper Ian McLoughlin.

In the space of 11 minutes, the mood inside the Stadium of Light had altered dramatically, and there was more to come for the home fans six minutes into added time when Johnson cut in from the right and drilled home a fourth from the tightest of angles.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 27 August 2014
19:45
A Villa 0-1 Leyton Or Report
Birmingham 0-3 S'land Report
Bradford 2-1 Leeds  
Burton Alb 1-0 QPR  
Stoke 3-0 Portsmouth Report
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
20:00
MK Dons 4-0 Man Utd Report
West Brom 1-1 Oxford Utd Report
19:45
Bournemth 3-0 Northamptn Report
Brentford 0-1 Fulham Report
Burnley 0-1 Sheff Wed Report

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger confirms injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out until New Year

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to play again this year after having surgery on his injured ankle.

Villa and QPR shocked, Leeds lose

Aston Villa were shocked 1-0 at home by Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup second round, while QPR lost at Burton and Bradford beat Leeds.

Arsenal book Champions League group stage place with victory over Besiktas

Arsenal survived the final 15 minutes with 10-men to defeat 1-0 Besiktas to reach the Champions League group stages.

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property