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Sunderland 1-0 Bradford City: 46,039 crowd 'rewarded' by League One victory

Stadium of Light
Sunderland recorded their highest attendance since being relegated from the Premier League in 2017

Sunderland players showed character in front of a season's best English Football League crowd of 46,039 to register a 1-0 League One victory against Bradford City, says manager Jack Ross.

It was the third highest attendance for a match in England on Wednesday - including Premier League fixtures - and bigger than any other EFL game in 2018-19, including November's local derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City.

The last time Sunderland registered a bigger crowd was with the visit of Liverpool in January 2017, when 46,494 were at the Stadium of Light.

Former Celtic and Everton winger Aiden McGeady's goal won the match, swooping after Josh Maja's initial effort had been denied.

However, Bradford had a goal ruled out when Jack Payne's effort appeared to cross the line but was not given.

"The turnout today was incredible," Ross said. "It's testament to a fantastic football club, it does bring a lot of expectation and pressure and you have to have a group of players that will embrace that.

"The players took that responsibility today.

"It's the reasons that we put up with the rubbish days, the bad days and the sacrifices, to play in occasions like this. It'd be brilliant. I'm pleased the result came as a positive today."

Only Manchester United and Liverpool attracted more supporters in the Premier League than Sunderland.

Even second-placed Tottenham - whose attendances at Wembley are capped at 51,000 because of restrictions - were just short, with 45,154 at their 5-0 win against Bournemouth.

'If that's a stroke of luck for us then we deserve it'

Sunderland tweet
Sunderland posted a playful take on Bradford's disallowed goal on social media

Struggling Bradford remain 21st and in the relegation places after Wednesday's loss, while three points for the Black Cats keeps up their pursuit of Portsmouth and Luton in the top two.

They might have had to settle for a point if Payne's goal had been awarded, but the Wearsiders bounced back from defeat by Portsmouth last time out with a 13th win in 22 games.

"I think we have to be careful, there's a tendency at this club to always accentuate the things that didn't go well," Ross continued.

"We were good today, we should have had the game more comfortable and if that's a stroke of luck for us then we deserve it.

"Things at times haven't gone our way and we've had to dig ourselves out of trouble.

"It's right to mention it because it would have had a bearing on the result but I thought we played in a manner that was a reward for the people who came."

Sunderland tweet

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 12FlanaganBooked at 74mins
  • 15Baldwin
  • 3OviedoBooked at 90mins
  • 27Power
  • 6Cattermole
  • 11GoochBooked at 61minsSubstituted forWykeat 84'minutes
  • 19McGeady
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forMcGeouchat 87'minutes
  • 20MajaSubstituted forWatmoreat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 8McGeouch
  • 9Wyke
  • 14Watmore
  • 16James
  • 17Sinclair
  • 25Ruiter

Bradford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 38CaddisBooked at 90mins
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 4McGowan
  • 3ChicksenBooked at 62minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 88'minutes
  • 10PayneBooked at 67mins
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forBrunkerat 85'minutes
  • 39O'Brien
  • 40Ball
  • 9DoyleSubstituted forO'Brienat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Miller

Substitutes

  • 5O'Brien
  • 6O'Connor
  • 13Wilson
  • 18Brunker
  • 23Wood
  • 24Devine
  • 37Goldthorp
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
46,039

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Bradford City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Bradford City 0.

  3. Booking

    Jim O'Brien (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jim O'Brien (Bradford City).

  6. Booking

    Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Paul Caddis (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Caddis (Bradford City).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

  11. Post update

    Paul Caddis (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jim O'Brien (Bradford City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Anthony O'Connor replaces Adam Chicksen.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Dylan McGeouch replaces Chris Maguire.

  18. Post update

    Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by David Ball (Bradford City).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth24156339211851
2Luton24155447222550
3Sunderland22137243222146
4Charlton24134739271243
5Barnsley23126538211742
6Peterborough24118541311041
7Doncaster2411673931839
8Blackpool239772624234
9Accrington239772728-134
10Fleetwood249693325833
11Southend24102123030032
12Wycombe248883435-132
13Coventry2495102529-432
14Walsall248792537-1231
15Burton2393112932-330
16Rochdale2486103343-1030
17Gillingham2484123538-328
18Shrewsbury2477102831-328
19Oxford Utd2468103136-526
20Bristol Rovers2465132329-623
21Bradford2463152440-1621
22Wimbledon2463151935-1621
23Scunthorpe2456132951-2221
24Plymouth2455142746-1920
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