Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Sunderland 0.
Jonny Smith's 66th-minute stunner ensured it was Burton who maintained their 100% start to the League One season with a 1-0 victory over Sunderland.
The winger lashed home from a tight angle after the ball deflected out to him to help Albion match their best start to an EFL season with three straight wins.
Sunderland edged the early chances and Aiden McGeady should have done much better when clean through on 12 minutes. Racing from his own half, his composure deserted him outside the Burton box allowing goalkeeper Ben Garratt to tip his curling shot wide.
Garratt made an excellent close-range save from Ross Stewart late in the first half as the striker stretched to poke Elliot Embleton's cross goalwards but the Albion keeper was equal to it.
Albion had chances too, with both Tom O'Connor and Omari Patrick seeing efforts deflected wide and Smith seeing a goal-bound curling effort headed clear by the impressive Callum Doyle.
Tom Flanagan denied Lucas Akins and defender Ryan Leak should have scored with a header for Burton before Smith emphatically settled it.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 38MancienneBooked at 56mins
- 8PowellBooked at 84minsSubstituted forBostwickat 85'minutes
- 14PatrickSubstituted forAmadi Hollowayat 90+1'minutes
- 19Amadi Holloway
- 3FlanaganBooked at 90mins
- 17CirkinBooked at 37minsSubstituted forPritchardat 71'minutes
- 8EmbletonSubstituted forBroadheadat 71'minutes
- Declan Bourne
- Shots on Target
Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Sunderland 0.
Offside, Sunderland. Lynden Gooch tries a through ball, but Tom Flanagan is caught offside.
Alex Pritchard (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).
Attempt blocked. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Neil.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Aaron Amadi Holloway replaces Omari Patrick.
Attempt missed. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Aiden McGeady following a corner.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ben Garratt.
Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.
Offside, Sunderland. Daniel Neil tries a through ball, but Ross Stewart is caught offside.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Michael Bostwick replaces Joe Powell.
Joe Powell (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.
Jonny Smith (Burton Albion) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Michael Mancienne.
Attempt saved. Nathan Broadhead (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke O'Nien.
Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Powell (Burton Albion).
Attempt missed. Ross Stewart (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.