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Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland secured some respite for under-fire boss Phil Parkinson as they ended their nine-match winless run with victory at Doncaster.

Goals from Lynden Gooch and Chris Maguire secured a well-deserved win for the Black Cats, who were much the better side throughout.

Sunderland took the lead on six minutes when the Doncaster defence failed to react to a quick free-kick, allowing Gooch to curl in superbly from the edge of the box.

The visitors were dictating a frenetic pace and could easily have added to their score with Charlie Wyke drawing a trio of fine saves from Doncaster keeper Seny Dieng.

Doncaster struck against the run of play to equalise on 40 minutes when Jon Taylor surged onto a low ball from Kieran Sadlier to power a shot past Jon McLaughlin.

Sunderland started the second half brighter and went back in front on 61 minutes when Maguire - who had earlier hit the bar from a free-kick - lashed in from 15 yards.

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Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 24Dieng
  • 2Halliday
  • 4Anderson
  • 5Wright
  • 32JohnBooked at 74minsSubstituted forThomasat 81'minutes
  • 8Whiteman
  • 12Gomes
  • 7Sadlier
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forWattersat 90'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 31Ennis

Substitutes

  • 1Lawlor
  • 3James
  • 6Sheaf
  • 22Watters
  • 27Greaves
  • 33Daniels
  • 39Thomas

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 5OzturkBooked at 70mins
  • 3LynchBooked at 34mins
  • 13O'Nien
  • 18Dobson
  • 6Power
  • 33Hume
  • 7MaguireBooked at 90mins
  • 9Wyke
  • 11GoochBooked at 55minsSubstituted forWatmoreat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 10McNulty
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 22Grigg
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 28De Bock
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
12,432

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Sunderland 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Sunderland 2.

Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

Foul by Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers).

Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Chris Maguire (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Max Watters replaces James Coppinger.

Foul by Kwame Thomas (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Madger Gomes (Doncaster Rovers).

Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Kwame Thomas replaces Cameron John.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Lynden Gooch.

Offside, Sunderland. Max Power tries a through ball, but Luke O'Nien is caught offside.

Foul by Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers).

Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Cameron John (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cameron John (Doncaster Rovers).

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Alim Ozturk (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Alim Ozturk (Sunderland).

Attempt saved. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lynden Gooch.

Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

Attempt saved. Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon Taylor with a cross.

Attempt missed. Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jon Taylor with a cross.

Foul by Madger Gomes (Doncaster Rovers).

Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denver Hume (Sunderland).

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Sunderland 2. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Denver Hume.

Attempt missed. Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Brad Halliday with a cross.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Brad Halliday.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joe Wright.

Booking

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe23127431211043
2Oxford Utd22116541212039
3Rotherham23115740241638
4Ipswich22107532211137
5Coventry2291033024637
6Peterborough23106743321136
7Bristol Rovers2210663027336
8Fleetwood2110563628835
9Portsmouth229763327634
10Blackpool2381053126534
11Gillingham238872723432
12Shrewsbury228862123-232
13Sunderland218762722531
14Burton228682827130
15Accrington237883331229
16Doncaster207763123828
17Lincoln City2283112627-127
18Wimbledon2365122835-723
19Rochdale2364132540-1522
20Tranmere2256112639-1321
21MK Dons2363142336-1321
22Southend2315172664-388
23Bolton204791542-277
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