Jimmy Dunne celebrates his goal. Getty Images.

Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings: Jon McLaughlin 'exceptional' but how did Will Grigg perform?

Will Grigg made his Sunderland debut but he couldn't inspire a win at Oxford United, the Black Cats having to settle for a point.

Jimmy Dunne headed Sunderland in front in the 34th minute from a Grant Leadbitter corner but they couldn't hold on, Marcus Browne scoring the equaliser in the 87th minute following an assist by ex-Sunderland forward Jerome Sinclair. Phil Smith's player ratings below:

Quality in the final third was not quite as good as usual and he was beaten occasionally by Gavin Whyte, whose end product was very poor. 6

5. REECE JAMES

Quality in the final third was not quite as good as usual and he was beaten occasionally by Gavin Whyte, whose end product was very poor. 6
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Showed real experience and maturity at the base of midfield. Set piece delivery was a major upgrade and forced the opening goal. 6

6. GRANT LEADBITTER

Showed real experience and maturity at the base of midfield. Set piece delivery was a major upgrade and forced the opening goal. 6
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Good industry and real tenacity but didnt affect the game much in possession. 5

7. MAX POWER

Good industry and real tenacity but didnt affect the game much in possession. 5
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Covered an incredible amount of ground but end product on the ball was mixed. 5

8. GEORGE HONEYMAN

Covered an incredible amount of ground but end product on the ball was mixed. 5
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