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Sunderland3Bristol Rovers0

Sunderland 3-0 Bristol Rovers

Three second-half goals saw Sunderland continue their fine form with a deserved win over 10-man Bristol Rovers.

They were on top throughout and Lynden Gooch, Charlie Wyke and Luke O'Nien secured a ninth win from 12 games to lift the Black Cats to fourth in League One, though Rovers' defence was only breached once Abu Ogogo was sent off.

For long spells Phil Parkinson's men failed to seriously trouble goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.

Nobody was on hand to turn home an inviting Denver Hume ball across the goalmouth, Wyke shot over at the near post and O'Nien headed inches over when meeting Hume's cross.

But on the hour mark referee Ben Toner dismissed Ogogo, who had collided with Chris Maguire off the ball, and 13 minutes later the floodgates opened.

Gooch added the finishing touch to a lovely passing move, side-footing in after a pass from the right, and Wyke soon doubled the advantage when he rounded Blackman.

It was 3-0 when Chris Maguire made ground down the right, pulling the ball back for O'Nien, and his effort took a heavy deflection before hitting the net.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 5OzturkBooked at 58mins
  • 12Flanagan
  • 13O'Nien
  • 18Dobson
  • 6Power
  • 33Hume
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forWatmoreat 86'minutes
  • 9WykeSubstituted forLaffertyat 86'minutes
  • 11GoochBooked at 31minsSubstituted forSemenyoat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 8Lafferty
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 25Smith
  • 28Scowen
  • 42Semenyo

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Blackman
  • 15Kilgour
  • 24Menayese
  • 5CraigBooked at 55mins
  • 11LeahyBooked at 8mins
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forHarriesat 85'minutes
  • 4OgogoBooked at 59mins
  • 8O Clarke
  • 27Mitchell-LawsonSubstituted forRodmanat 64'minutes
  • 9Clarke-Harris
  • 14GinnellySubstituted forBarrettat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 17Daly
  • 25Harries
  • 29Abraham
  • 33Rodman
  • 39Barrett
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
31,541

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Sunderland).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Antoine Semenyo.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Cian Harries tries a through ball, but Alex Rodman is caught offside.

Foul by Max Power (Sunderland).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Barrett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Kyle Lafferty replaces Charlie Wyke.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Chris Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cian Harries replaces Ed Upson.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Leahy.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 3, Bristol Rovers 0. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Foul by Max Power (Sunderland).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Antoine Semenyo replaces Lynden Gooch.

Attempt saved. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Max Power.

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Josh Barrett replaces Josh Ginnelly.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Attempt missed. Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Willis (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alfie Kilgour (Bristol Rovers).

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rollin Menayese (Bristol Rovers).

Jordan Willis (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Ginnelly (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by George Dobson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Rodman replaces Jayden Mitchell-Lawson.

Attempt missed. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Dismissal

Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

goal

As It Stood

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2Coventry311612345291660
3Wycombe3317884437759
4Sunderland32169745261957
5Peterborough331671065392655
6Fleetwood31159747351254
7Portsmouth31158845311453
8Ipswich331410945321352
9Oxford Utd32149953341951
10Gillingham33121473930950
11Doncaster321391047321548
12Burton321210104544146
13Bristol Rovers32119123545-1042
14Accrington32109134648-239
15Lincoln City34116174144-339
16Blackpool31911113939038
17Shrewsbury31911112636-1038
18MK Dons32106163442-836
19Rochdale3296173653-1733
20Wimbledon33710163751-1431
21Tranmere3158182956-2723
22Southend3337233582-4716
23Bolton3058172462-3811
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