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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

Formation 3-4-3

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tom Flanagan (Sunderland).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Max Power (Sunderland).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Kyle Lafferty replaces Charlie Wyke.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Chris Maguire.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cian Harries replaces Ed Upson.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Max Power (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Antoine Semenyo replaces Lynden Gooch.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham32186858332560
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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