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Blackpool 0-1 Sunderland

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.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Howard
  • 2Daniels
  • 5O'ConnorBooked at 55mins
  • 6Heneghan
  • 8Spearing
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forPritchardat 84'minutes
  • 27Bola
  • 25Guy
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forDodooat 71'minutes
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 24Feeney

Substitutes

  • 11Dodoo
  • 12Nottingham
  • 14Pritchard
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 26Davies
  • 34Shaw
  • 37Mafoumbi

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Baldwin
  • 16James
  • 27Power
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 18mins
  • 11GoochBooked at 55mins
  • 19McGeady
  • 20MajaSubstituted forMaguireat 88'minutes
  • 9WykeSubstituted forMcGeouchat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 7Maguire
  • 8McGeouch
  • 17Sinclair
  • 25Ruiter
  • 37Mumba
  • 48Mbunga-Kimpioka
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
10,994

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Sunderland 1.

Full Time

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

Substitution, Sunderland. Chris Maguire replaces Josh Maja.

Harry Pritchard (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Harry Pritchard replaces Chris Taylor.

Substitution

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).

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

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

Attempt saved. Chris Taylor (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joseph Dodoo replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Attempt blocked. Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mark Howard.

Attempt saved. Josh Maja (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Liam Feeney (Blackpool).

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

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Aiden McGeady.

Attempt missed. Max Power (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mark Howard.

Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

Paudie O'Connor (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Maja (Sunderland).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

Attempt missed. Callum Guy (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Paudie O'Connor (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth26176346242257
2Luton26157449242552
3Sunderland24148245232250
4Barnsley25137540221846
5Charlton26144842301246
6Doncaster26136747321545
7Peterborough26128645331244
8Coventry26115102829-138
9Southend26112133231135
10Blackpool259882625135
11Fleetwood2697103530534
12Accrington259792735-834
13Burton2595113033-332
14Wycombe2688103438-432
15Walsall2688102841-1332
16Shrewsbury2679102932-330
17Rochdale2686123352-1930
18Gillingham2684143643-728
19Bristol Rovers2676132529-427
20Bradford2683153140-927
21Scunthorpe2676133251-1927
22Oxford Utd2668123141-1026
23Plymouth2666143147-1624
24Wimbledon2664162037-1722
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