Match ends, Blackpool 0, Sunderland 1.
Sunderland strengthened their position in the League One promotion race as Josh Maja's first-half finish secured a narrow win at Blackpool.
Jack Ross' side were roared on by 7,804 travelling fans at Bloomfield Road and the visiting army had plenty to shout about when Maja broke the deadlock midway through the first half.
The forward's future remains shrouded in doubt given his refusal to sign a new deal on Wearside, but his importance to the Sunderland cause was emphasised as he stole ahead of his marker to flick home Aiden McGeady's cross and claim his 14th league goal of the season.
Blackpool rallied gamely to try to claim an equaliser and Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was forced to produce an excellent first-half save as he kept out Chris Taylor's back-post effort with his feet.
The hosts went even closer three minutes after the break, with Armand Gnanduillet poking the ball past McLaughlin only for a back-tracking Jack Baldwin to hack clear from the goal-line via a rebound off his own post.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 5O'ConnorBooked at 55mins
- 19TaylorSubstituted forPritchardat 84'minutes
- 7DelfounesoSubstituted forDodooat 71'minutes
- 6CattermoleBooked at 18mins
- 11GoochBooked at 55mins
- 20MajaSubstituted forMaguireat 88'minutes
- 9WykeSubstituted forMcGeouchat 84'minutes
- Darren Drysdale
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Sunderland 1.
Marc Bola (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Max Power (Sunderland).
Attempt missed. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Dylan McGeouch.
Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Sunderland. Chris Maguire replaces Josh Maja.
Harry Pritchard (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Sunderland).
Substitution, Blackpool. Harry Pritchard replaces Chris Taylor.
Substitution, Sunderland. Dylan McGeouch replaces Charlie Wyke.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.
Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.
Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.
Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).