Chris Maguire rescues a point for Sunderland



Posted Sunday, September 13, 2020 by PA

Chris Maguire rescues a point for Sunderland

Chris Maguire struck with eight minutes to go to earn Sunderland a 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers at the Stadium of Light.

Rovers had threatened to leave with three points after taking the lead in the third minute from a penalty converted by Rovers’ left-back Luke Leahy.

The Pirates won a penalty with just 90 seconds on the clock when Sunderland goalkeeper Lee Burge hauled down Jayden Mitchell-Lawson having failed to hold Max Ehmer’s header.

Leahy’s spot-kick was clinical, high and beyond Burge, and that left Sunderland with a mountain to climb.

After the break, Sunderland tested goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola, who had to make a couple of strong stops to deny Maguire and George Dobson.

But Maguire levelled things up with a powerful drive from the edge of the area.

After that, Max Power’s 25-yard drive was tipped onto the crossbar and he then had an effort cleared off the line by Mark Little.

Dobson’s red card for a strong challenge on Mitchell-Lawson in the sixth minute of stoppage time effectively ended Sunderland’s push for a winner.

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