League One
SunderlandSunderland1Lincoln CityLincoln City1

Sunderland 1-1 Lincoln City

Callum Morton's second-half equaliser for Lincoln prevented Sunderland from closing the gap to the top two after a draw at the Stadium of Light.

After a tight first half with a couple of chances at both ends, Callum McFadzean was the unlikely scorer of the opening goal five minutes before the break.

That put the third-placed Black Cats on course for an eighth win from nine League One games.

But in the 63rd minute striker Morton levelled things up with a sweet finish to keep Lincoln in touch with the side sitting two points above them.

Lincoln, who had won just one of their previous seven, could have taken the lead midway through the first half when goalkeeper Lee Burge denied Regan Poole.

It proved costly when Max Power's brilliant cross from the right was headed inside Alex Palmer's bottom left corner by McFadzean.

After the restart Aiden McGeady had a free-kick saved by Palmer moments before the equaliser.

That arrived when Morton's brilliant touch away from Luke O'Nien allowed him to shoot low and beyond Burge.

Lincoln were also denied a winner when Burge saved from Cohen Bramall and then Morton later on as the game remained level.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Burge
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 87mins
  • 16Sanderson
  • 13O'Nien
  • 25McFadzean
  • 6PowerBooked at 42mins
  • 26WinchesterSubstituted forScowenat 64'minutes
  • 23LeadbitterSubstituted forStewartat 71'minutes
  • 11GoochSubstituted forMaguireat 77'minutes
  • 9WykeBooked at 34mins
  • 28McGeady

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 14Scowen
  • 20Matthews
  • 21Diamond
  • 24Neil
  • 31Stewart
  • 35Younger

Lincoln City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Palmer
  • 2Poole
  • 4Montsma
  • 5Jackson
  • 15Bramall
  • 7Edun
  • 18McGrandles
  • 23BridcuttBooked at 77mins
  • 27Rogers
  • 20JohnsonSubstituted forScullyat 74'minutes
  • 19Morton

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Scully
  • 14Archibald
  • 17Howarth
  • 22Eyoma
  • 26Anderson
  • 31Long
Referee:
Carl Boyeson

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Lincoln City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Lincoln City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aiden McGeady (Sunderland).

  5. Post update

    Tayo Edun (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Montsma (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cohen Bramall with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ross Stewart (Sunderland).

  9. Post update

    Lewis Montsma (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Morgan Rogers (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Scully.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Aiden McGeady (Sunderland).

  12. Booking

    Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland).

  14. Post update

    Cohen Bramall (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Morgan Rogers (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Regan Poole with a cross.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Callum Morton (Lincoln City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Ross Stewart (Sunderland).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Lincoln City. Cohen Bramall tries a through ball, but Callum Morton is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull372161062303269
2Peterborough35206957342366
3Sunderland351713554272764
4Lincoln City361881054381662
5Doncaster34176115344957
6Charlton371511115450456
7Portsmouth351671251381355
8Gillingham37166155349454
9Ipswich35166133937254
10Blackpool331581039291053
11Oxford Utd35158124941853
12Accrington35158124944553
13MK Dons37149145452251
14Crewe36149134446-251
15Fleetwood371311134132950
16Plymouth37139154758-1148
17Shrewsbury331013103738-143
18Burton35118164559-1441
19Swindon36104224365-2234
20Bristol Rovers3697203658-2234
21Wigan3697203964-2534
22Northampton3689193153-2233
23Wimbledon35712163559-2433
24Rochdale36711184667-2132
View full League One table

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC