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Sunderland 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

Sunderland's pursuit of automatic promotion from League One was strengthened as Aiden McGeady's second-half strike secured victory over a dogged AFC Wimbledon at the Stadium of Light.

McGeady's 67th-minute goal helped Sunderland end a run of three successive 1-1 draws and leave them in fourth spot, three points behind second-placed Barnsley.

The Black Cats handed debuts to January signings Grant Leadbitter and Lewis Morgan, but the hosts were under the cosh in the early stages against the division's bottom side.

AFC Wimbledon should have scored in the eighth minute, but while the ball dropped invitingly for Will Nightingale after the Sunderland defence failed to deal with a corner, he blazed over from six yards with the goal seemingly at his mercy.

Nightingale went close again shortly before the half-hour mark, this time inadvertently, with Reece James' hurried clearance cannoning into him before rebounding just past the post.

Sunderland failed to record a single effort at goal in the first half, but when they finally located the target in the 67th minute, they made it count.

Visiting defender Tennai Watson made a mess of dealing with a routine long ball over the top, and having seized possession on the left-hand corner of the box, McGeady curled a fine finish into the far corner.

Dons came close to claiming an equaliser with six minutes left, but Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin got down well to keep out Scott Wagstaff's low shot.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Matthews
  • 30Dunne
  • 12Flanagan
  • 16James
  • 23LeadbitterBooked at 76mins
  • 27Power
  • 17MorganSubstituted forWatmoreat 83'minutes
  • 10HoneymanSubstituted forO'Nienat 65'minutes
  • 19McGeady
  • 9WykeSubstituted forSterlingat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 8McGeouch
  • 13O'Nien
  • 14Watmore
  • 15Baldwin
  • 25Ruiter
  • 26Sterling

Wimbledon

  • 35Ramsdale
  • 2WatsonSubstituted forSibbickat 69'minutes
  • 6Thomas
  • 4OshilajaBooked at 36mins
  • 15SeddonBooked at 68mins
  • 5Nightingale
  • 40WordsworthBooked at 69mins
  • 16ConnollySubstituted forJervisat 67'minutes
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 11PinnockSubstituted forPigottat 75'minutes
  • 9Appiah

Substitutes

  • 8Hartigan
  • 10Jervis
  • 20Sibbick
  • 24McDonnell
  • 26McDonald
  • 38McLoughlin
  • 39Pigott
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
30,424

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Attempt missed. Terell Thomas (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

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

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steve Seddon (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Will Nightingale (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Toby Sibbick (AFC Wimbledon).

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

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt saved. Scott Wagstaff (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Lewis Morgan.

Delay in match Adam Matthews (Sunderland) because of an injury.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Sunderland).

Jake Jervis (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) because of an injury.

Booking

Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland).

Scott Wagstaff (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Joe Pigott replaces Mitchell Pinnock.

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Sunderland).

Mitchell Pinnock (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Toby Sibbick replaces Tennai Watson.

Booking

Anthony Wordsworth (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (AFC Wimbledon).

Booking

Steve Seddon (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Morgan (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steve Seddon (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jake Jervis replaces Dylan Connolly.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 1, AFC Wimbledon 0. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Max Power.

Attempt missed. Steve Seddon (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Luke O'Nien replaces George Honeyman.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Reece James.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton31198461273465
2Barnsley30178553262759
3Portsmouth30177650311958
4Sunderland281511249262356
5Charlton31166947321554
6Peterborough31131084941849
7Doncaster29138852381447
8Blackpool29111083127443
9Wycombe311110104142-143
10Fleetwood31119114234842
11Coventry31117133237-540
12Southend30122163937238
13Burton30108123939038
14Scunthorpe31107143856-1837
15Accrington2899102736-936
16Plymouth31106153952-1336
17Walsall3098133447-1335
18Rochdale3197153862-2434
19Gillingham3096154049-933
20Bristol Rovers3088142933-432
21Oxford Utd30711123746-932
22Bradford3195173651-1532
23Shrewsbury30710133242-1031
24Wimbledon3065192246-2423
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