SUNDERLAND defender Bailey Wright admits he is only focused on promotion, not his team’s impressive away form, after the Black Cats preserved the Football League's only unbeaten away record against Milton Keynes Dons.

Charlie Wyke and Luke O’Nien struck for the Black Cats, either side of goals from Joe Mason and Cameron Jerome, who will have been disappointed to only come away with a point having spurned a number of chances at Stadium MK.

Despite the result leaving Sunderland two points outside the play-off places, centre-back Wright believes the club are well-placed to achieve automatic promotion.

Wright said: “Mentally, we’re in a great position, we know what we’re capable of achieving, promotion is our number one aim and that’s to go and finish in at least the top two.

“Momentum is key in that, we’ve got the belief to go and do it and we’re only just starting to show what this team can do, we’ve got a lot to bring, a lot to look forward to and a lot more to come."

The Black Cats remain the only team in the Football League yet to lose an away game in the league, with Saturday’s result, the first ever draw between the two teams, extending their unbeaten away run in League One to 12 matches.

In the top five tiers of English football, title-chasing Manchester United are the only other side yet to be beaten on their travels and while Wright is proud of Sunderland’s away record, he would like to turn draws into wins having drawn more games than any other side in the division.

He said: “It’s good to be unbeaten, I’d prefer to win more and eradicate a few of the draws and put more points on the board, but it shows we’re doing a lot of things right, you’ve got to have characters in your team when you go away from home.

“It’s brilliant being unbeaten away from home, but the marker is where you want to be at the end of the season, if it helps us get there then brilliant, that’s all that matters.”

The match was the second fixture between the two teams in the space of five days, with Sunderland having triumphed three-nil earlier in the week to advance to the semi-finals of the Papa John’s Trophy.

Australia international Wright hopes Sunderland can learn from Saturday’s result ahead of their next league game against a resurgent Shrewsbury Town side tomorrow, having been left frustrated by the Dons.

He said: “It was a competitive game and one that frustrated us, we had enough chances to win the game, we played some good football against a good side that make it tough "

The 28-year-old returned to the side following a concussion injury sustained against Ipswich Town and was one of three changes made by Lee Johnson, from their last league outing, who also handed a debut to loan signing Jake Vokins at left-back in place of the injured Callum McFadzean.

The fixture came too soon for new signing Ross Stewart to make his Black Cats debut, but Wright has so far been impressed with the club’s January additions.

Wright added: “It’s been good, that fresh energy and competition for places is good, we want that, we want to see good players come in like they have because it lifts you as a team and as individuals.

“They’ve settled in well, we’ve got a good group, we make it easy for individuals to come in and be themselves and learn quickly.

“The most important thing is that we kick on, we all enjoy our football and that’s the atmosphere we’re creating.”