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Sunderland 4-2 Barnsley

Sunderland stayed second in League One after beating promotion rivals Barnsley at a rain-soaked Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats looked to have effectively wrapped up the points by securing a healthy 3-0 cushion inside 32 minutes.

But Barnsley, looking to swap places with their opponents, battled back through Kieffer Moore's double before Luke O'Nien's late clincher for the hosts.

Sunderland scored the first of three goals when Tykes defender Ethan Pinnock was adjudged to have fouled Aiden McGeady in the area and the Irish winger converted the penalty.

Less than 60 seconds later, Josh Maja turned Pinnock deep in the visitors' half before curling a finish inside the right post for his 12th goal of the season.

Sunderland's third arrived when Lynden Gooch's effort deflected high and beyond Adam Davies.

But Barnsley made a fight of it. Moore drilled them back into it four minutes before half-time and Cauley Woodrow hit the frame of the goal in added time.

Moore made it 3-2 in the 61st minute when he headed in from one of many corners at the near post.

But Sunderland ensured they would extend their unbeaten run to 14 games when substitute O'Nien slid in to finish McGeady's pass with seven minutes left.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Matthews
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Baldwin
  • 16James
  • 27Power
  • 10Honeyman
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forSinclairat 84'minutes
  • 11GoochSubstituted forOviedoat 90'minutes
  • 19McGeady
  • 20MajaSubstituted forO'Nienat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Oviedo
  • 5Ozturk
  • 13O'Nien
  • 17Sinclair
  • 34Hackett
  • 37Mumba
  • 43Patterson

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 12CavaréBooked at 33mins
  • 5PinnockBooked at 75mins
  • 6Lindsay
  • 3FryersSubstituted forBrownat 59'minutes
  • 20PottsSubstituted forMoncurat 77'minutes
  • 8McGeehan
  • 27Mowatt
  • 26Thiam
  • 25WoodrowSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 85'minutes
  • 19Moore

Substitutes

  • 10Moncur
  • 18Jackson
  • 21Bähre
  • 23Pinillos
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 33Brown
  • 35Greatorex
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
28,514

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home2
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 4, Barnsley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 4, Barnsley 2.

Max Power (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Bryan Oviedo replaces Lynden Gooch.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Victor Adeboyejo replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Jerome Sinclair replaces Chris Maguire.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 4, Barnsley 2. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

Attempt saved. Kieffer Moore (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. George Moncur replaces Brad Potts.

Booking

Ethan Pinnock (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ethan Pinnock (Barnsley).

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

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Barnsley).

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley).

Max Power (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Max Power (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 3, Barnsley 2. Kieffer Moore (Barnsley) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Aiden McGeady.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Luke O'Nien replaces Josh Maja.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jacob Brown replaces Ezekiel Fryers because of an injury.

Delay in match Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland) because of an injury.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Reece James.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth19135132151744
2Sunderland19117139182140
3Luton20115439211838
4Peterborough20115436241238
5Barnsley19105434191535
6Charlton1910453122934
7Doncaster209563026432
8Blackpool198742318531
9Coventry208572123-229
10Wycombe207762928128
11Accrington207762224-228
12Fleetwood207672821727
13Walsall207672128-727
14Southend2082102526-126
15Shrewsbury206682325-224
16Burton197392427-324
17Rochdale206592738-1123
18Gillingham2063112934-521
19Oxford Utd205692531-621
20Scunthorpe205692942-1321
21Bristol Rovers2045111721-417
22Plymouth2044122137-1616
23Wimbledon2042141430-1614
24Bradford2042141536-2114
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