It was a weekend of late goals, late goals and well wouldn’t you just know it, more late goals! Unfortunately for clubs in this area of the country late strikes went against them

1 – The green is turning Browne

Sunderland were moments away from their first away victory since New Year’s Day before a last gasp Oxford equaliser.

Jimmy Dunne towered above the rest to give the Black Cats the lead after half an hour from, to the shock of some supporters, a corner.

Karl Robinson’s Us got the goal they’d been pressing for throughout the game as Marcus Browne tapped in after Dunne thought he was fouled on the edge of the area. Sunderland are now five points off second place Barnsley with two games in hand, one of those being at home to Blackpool tonight.

2 – Boly bursts Benitez’s bubble

Willy Boly’s last minute header at Molinuex last night was equally controversial as it was heartbreaking for Newcastle fans.

Early in the second half Isacc Hayden scored his first goal since October 2017 to put the Magpies ahead and much like the last game he struck in against Southampton, this ended a stalemate but Boly seemed to have his arms over goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

This was Dubravka’s second forgettable moment in the space of two games following his costly blunder at Wembley last weekend. The draw sees Newcastle 16th and just a point outside the relegation zone.

3 – A step in the right direction

Hartlepool United came from behind to earn a point against top of the table Leyton Orient on Saturday to continue an unbeaten start under Craig Hignett.

Jobi McAnuff put the Orient ahead 22 minutes in and with the drama at the club recently still fresh it looked as if Pool could be easy picking for the Londoners before Nicke Kabamamba leveled deep into first half stoppage time.

The game stayed that way so the hosts earned an impressive point against the division’s best and will look to continue this momentum away at Boreham Wood on Saturday.

4 – Plus 11 certainly not heaven

Middlesbrough squandered an opportunity at a huge boost in their promotion bid but were denied by a Kalvin Phillips header in the 11th minute of stoppage time.

Boro led through Lewis Wing early in the second half and looked destined to put pressure on the top two in the Championship before the late, late strike put Tony Pulis under pressure again following the humiliating defeat away at League Two Newport County in the FA Cup in midweek.

A trip to Sheffield United tomorrow night will provide Boro another chance to keep pace with the rest of the promotion pack but a loss could prove very hurtful to their season.

5 – Goalless at Gateshead

Gateshead were held to a goalless draw at home to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday and the absence of a goalscorer was felt.

The same afternoon Scott Boden, who recently left the Heed for Chesterfield, scored from the spot to give the North Derbyshire side all three points.

Aynsley Pears in goal for Gateshead made a pair of impressive stops in each half to ensure Ben Clark’s side didn’t slip further behind in the play-off race.