Jordan Jones made just his second league start since arriving on loan from Rangers.
The 26-year-old was the catalyst for Sunderland’s dramatic comeback in an otherwise dismal performance at Crewe at the weekend.
But he didn’t quite get the rub of the green this evening.
The Ibrox loanee kick-started Sunderland into life at Gresty Road, but struggled to get into the game in the same capacity.
He did have a few neat touches here and there and the odd set piece delivery, but Sunderland’s number 27 didn’t get the chance to run at the Robins back line.
Jones was one of two changes made by Lee Johnson as the Black Cats lined up in a 3-4-3.
McGeady and Jones played the role of two number tens but neither were able to get into the game.
Johnson changed formation at half-time to a 4-2-3-1 with Jones on the right-hand side.
He gave Sunderland more width in the opening stages of the second half but was hooked after an hour.
The Black Cats struggled to get him in the game if truth be told.