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Derby County 1-4 Sunderland

Ashley Fletcher scores for Sunderland
Ashley Fletcher's goal was his first for Sunderland since joining on loan from Middlesbrough in January

Sunderland exploited defensive errors by Derby to win at Pride Park and move off the bottom of the Championship.

George Honeyman's shot deflected in off Craig Forsyth for the opener, before Ashley Fletcher pounced on a loose Richard Keogh pass to make it 2-0.

Matej Vydra's half-volleyed finish reduced the deficit before half-time.

But Aiden McGeady's penalty restored the two-goal lead after Forsyth fouled Lynden Gooch, and John O'Shea poked in a fourth after a goalmouth scramble.

The veteran defender's first club goal for more than four years helped Sunderland move within three points of safety with seven matches remaining.

It was only the second victory of 2018 for Chris Coleman's side, a result which ended a winless run of 10 games and took them above Burton, who lost to Cardiff earlier on Friday.

Fifth-placed Derby have now gone eight games without a win and, having been second in the Championship at the start of February, they are only inside the top six on goal difference.

They have a game in hand on many of their nearest challengers, but their dip in form and the manner of their defeat by the Black Cats will be of huge concern.

All four Sunderland goals were avoidable and the visitors could had more, but Fletcher and Paddy McNair hit the post and bar respectively.

Derby County boss Gary Rowett:

"Probably in six years of management that's been the worst 90 minutes I've had to sit and watch. I'm not going to discredit Sunderland in any way but all four goals were self-inflicted.

"I've asked the fans to get behind the players all week and I thought they did that but if I'm being honest the players didn't deserve it. I said to them I've got no problem being honest with what I think the game was but what I think some of the players need to do is be honest with themselves.

"I'll be the first one to criticise the people that suggest we haven't got the bottle when the chips are down but after tonight I'm questioning that myself."

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman:

"It was a superb performance and very important because of where we've been in the last nine or 10 games which haven't been good enough.

"So the performance was huge for us. Now Monday is a big test for us because we play with fear at home and we've got to get over that. We haven't won back-to-back games all season so it's a big challenge for us and a big opportunity.

"We are running out of opportunities but we've given ourselves a chance and we've got to capitalise on that."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forNugentat 58'minutes
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 19Weimann
  • 23VydraBooked at 84mins
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forPalmerat 45'minutes
  • 32JeromeSubstituted forLedleyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Palmer
  • 14Wisdom
  • 16Pearce
  • 21Roos
  • 28Nugent
  • 36Ledley
  • 45Thomas

Sunderland

  • 12Camp
  • 22LoveBooked at 63mins
  • 23KonéBooked at 59mins
  • 16O'SheaBooked at 72mins
  • 3OviedoSubstituted forMatthewsat 81'minutes
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 67mins
  • 27GoochSubstituted forMajaat 90+1'minutes
  • 4McNairSubstituted forWilsonat 78'minutes
  • 26Honeyman
  • 19McGeady
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 11Lua Lua
  • 13McManaman
  • 20Maja
  • 21Matthews
  • 28Robson
  • 36Wilson
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
27,890

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Sunderland 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Sunderland 4.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).

Adam Matthews (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Josh Maja (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Josh Maja replaces Lynden Gooch because of an injury.

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Marc Wilson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Derby County. Richard Keogh tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

Booking

Matej Vydra (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matej Vydra (Derby County).

Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Joe Ledley replaces Cameron Jerome.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Adam Matthews replaces Bryan Oviedo.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Derby County).

Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Marc Wilson replaces Paddy McNair.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Sunderland 4. John O'Shea (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt missed. Lamine Koné (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Paddy McNair following a corner.

Attempt missed. Paddy McNair (Sunderland) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Booking

John O'Shea (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron Jerome (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Cameron Jerome with a cross.

Paddy McNair (Sunderland) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Curtis Davies (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kasey Palmer (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves39267671343785
2Cardiff38247761322979
3Fulham392012768412772
4Aston Villa38209961372469
5Derby381614856381862
6Middlesbrough391881355381762
7Bristol City391614956441262
8Millwall3916131048371161
9Sheff Utd39187145244861
10Preston39151594941860
11Brentford391413125547855
12Leeds39158165254-253
13Ipswich38157164748-152
14Norwich391313134146-552
15QPR391211164556-1147
16Nottm Forest39137194356-1346
17Sheff Wed391014154553-844
18Hull38912175359-639
19Reading39912184557-1239
20Bolton39912183458-2439
21Barnsley39713193958-1934
22Birmingham3896232857-2933
23Sunderland39613204269-2731
24Burton3979232870-4230
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