Sunderland AFC vs AFC Wimbledon [League One]
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Sunderland AFC vs AFC Wimbledon [15:00]
Sunderland take on AFC Wimbledon at the Stadium of Light this afternoon looking to climb back up the League One table.
The Black Cats fell to fifth last weekend due to not playing a game, which of course does mean they have games in hand.
Since the last game quite a lot has changed at the Stadium of Light. Top scorer Josh Maja has departed and arriving before Thursday's transfer deadline were Grant Leadbitter, Lewis Morgan, Kazaiah Sterling and Will Grigg.
All but Grigg could make their debuts in this one - with Grigg hopefully back in time for next weekend's trip to Oxford.
Can the Black Cats get their promotion hopes back on track?
Sunderland IX: McLaughlin; Matthews, Flanagan, Dunne, James; Leadbitter, Power; Gooch, Honeyman, McGeady; Wyke
Subs: Ruiter, McGeouch, O’Nien, Watmore, Baldwin, Morgan, Sterling
Grant Leadbitter was drafted straight into Sunderland’s starting line-up in place of Lee Cattermole, after rejoining his boyhood favourites from Middlesbrough this week.
And deadline day addition Lewis Morgan also made his debut having been brought into the starting line-up as a late replacement for Lynden Gooch.
On-loan Celtic man Morgan had originally been named on the bench.
The inclusion of the two new boys were among five changes Jack Ross made to the side that started the Black Cats’ last league outing at Scunthorpe United a fornight ago.
Skipper George Honeyman returned from injury and took the place of Chris Maguire, Adam Matthews came in at right-back instead of Luke O’Nien, and Charlie Wyke replaced the departed Josh Maja.
Another deadline day arrival, on-loan Spurs striker Kazaiah Sterling, was included on the bench.
But, as expected, their £4m signing from Wigan Athletic Will Grigg was not on the teamsheet having yet to train with the Black Cats.
AFC Wimbledon boss Wally Downes made five changes to the side that started their last league game, which ended in a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Fleetwood Town.
Scott Wagstaff, Kwesi Appiah, Steve Seddon, Dylan Connolly, and Anthony Wordsworth came into the side, in place of Paul Kalambayi, Anthony Hartigan, Jake Jervis, Andy Barcham, and Joe Pigott.