LiveSunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Cats first-teamers feature against Burnley Under-23s as Stewart Donald returns to the scene

It’s the start of a new week – and a much happier one on Wearside after Sunderland claimed their first League One win of the season on Saturday.

Monday, 21st September 2020, 6:12 pm

A 2-0 win at Oxford United saw the Black cats clinch a deserved three points, and the focus now turns back to the transfer market – and the ongoing takeover talk at the Stadium of Light.

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We’ve had the latest on both fronts throughout the day on our live blog – simply scroll down for the latest:

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald

Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: 21 September

Last updated: Monday, 21 September, 2020, 18:14

  • Sunderland remain in the market for a new left-sided defender - with Phil Parkinson hinting he will turn to under-21 players
  • Stewart Donald returned to the scene on Saturday as he watched the Black Cats at Oxford United. Takeover talks continue to rumble on.
  • The Black Cats won 2-0 at Oxford over the weekend - and we’ll have all the fallout to that game.
  • Remi Matthews, Conor McLaughlin and Arbenit Xhemajli played for Sunderland’s U23 in a 3-2 defeat by Burnley.

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Burnley boss on Sunderland win

Burnley Under-23s boss Steve Stone on today’s win over Sunderland.

“Early doors when we had Barnesy on the pitch he led the line really well and brought Max and Ricco into play.

“We got the ball forward early and played in their half and looked like a real threat.

“We then stopped doing that and started trying to overdo it.

“That gave Sunderland the impetus to get back into the game and they grabbed it.

“They had quite an experienced side and you can’t give a team like that a chance.

“But the pleasing thing is they ground out a win when they had their backs to the wall for nearly all of the second half. It was ugly sometimes, but that’s how it’s got to be.”

Under-23 side lose at Burnley

Sunderland fell 3-1 behind in the second half at Burnley before Jack Diamond pulled a goal back for the visitors.

3-2 it finished.

Sunderland U23s 2-1 down at the break

Burnley lead 2-1 at half-time following an own goal and an Ashley Barnes strike.

Mitchell Curry scored the goal for Sunderand.

The Black Cats team is as follows: Matthews, Xhemajli, Feeney, Taylor, McLaughlin, Hackett, Neil, Dunne, Wearne, Diamond, Currie.

Sunderland Ladies fixture to be played behind closed doors

Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith answered your questions earlier today.

How Burnley will start this afternoon

Striker Ashley Barnes is playing for Burnley Under-23s this afternoon

First-teamers to play for under-23s

Remi Matthews, Conor McLaughlin and Arbenit Xhemajli will all play for Sunderland’s under-23 side against Burnley this afternoon, while summer signing Morgan Feeney is set to start.

The game will take place at 2pm, and we’ll have more reaction in our live blog.

Brandon Taylor, Jack Diamond and Dan Neil will also feature after appearing in Sunderland’s 8-1 EFL Trophy win over Aston Villa U21s earlier this month.

After a tepid start to the season against Bristol Rovers, it was vital Sunderland delivered at Oxford United – and they did just that, courtesy of a 2-0 win after goals from Luke O’Nien and Lynden Gooch.

But what does the performance data say about the Black Cats’ performance, and where do they need to improve moving forward?

Using statistics from WyScout, Mark Donnelly takes a look at the data behind the win:

Who impressed you on Saturday

Here’s what the dressing room made of THOSE travelling fans!

Phil Parkinson is continuing to hunt for new faces

The Sunderland boss is in the market for at least one new player - a left-sided defender - and has hinted he could turn his eye to younger targets.

It's such a difficult balancing act because we have a limited amount left to spend, purely because of the salary cap.

We've got to spend it wisely but of course, the U21s don't count so we're searching as well for a player or two in that category who can give us a lift.

They've got to be better than what we've got and as I've said all along about bringing players in on loan, we've got good young players.

Phil Parkinson

An interesting spectator on Saturday...

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald was among the select group of people inside the Kassam Stadium for the 2-0 win over Oxford United on Saturday afternoon.

The game was played behind-closed-doors but Donald, who is looking to sell the club, was among the various club officials allowed in to watch the game.

Goals from Luke O’Nien and Lynden Gooch capped a much-improved second half performance, with the Black Cats sealing their first win of the new season.

Donald has come under increasing pressure in 2020 from an angry fanbase to sell with the club facing up to a third season in League One.

It emerged last month Donald was in exclusive talks over a possible sale but no further details have since emerged over who with, leading to widespread scepticism over whether a deal will be done.

Stewart Donald in the crowd at Oxford United 0-2 Sunderland

Bailey Wright reveals what was said at half-time - as Sunderland turned the screw on Oxford

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