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Burton Albion 1-0 Sunderland

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.

Line-ups

Burton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Garratt
  • 2Brayford
  • 16Shaughnessy
  • 26Leak
  • 37Hamer
  • 38MancienneBooked at 56mins
  • 15O'Connor
  • 11Smith
  • 8PowellBooked at 84minsSubstituted forBostwickat 85'minutes
  • 10Akins
  • 14PatrickSubstituted forAmadi Hollowayat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Borthwick-Jackson
  • 5Bostwick
  • 17Rowe
  • 18Blake-Tracy
  • 19Amadi Holloway
  • 22Balcombe
  • 23Taylor

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Burge
  • 15Winchester
  • 3FlanaganBooked at 90mins
  • 6Doyle
  • 17CirkinBooked at 37minsSubstituted forPritchardat 71'minutes
  • 13O'Nien
  • 24Neil
  • 11Gooch
  • 8EmbletonSubstituted forBroadheadat 71'minutes
  • 28McGeady
  • 14Stewart

Substitutes

  • 5Alves
  • 9Broadhead
  • 10O'Brien
  • 20Patterson
  • 21Pritchard
  • 23Diamond
  • 26Wright
Referee:
Declan Bourne
Attendance:
4,239

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Sunderland 0.

  2. Booking

    Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Sunderland 0.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Lynden Gooch tries a through ball, but Tom Flanagan is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Alex Pritchard (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Neil.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Aaron Amadi Holloway replaces Omari Patrick.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Daniel Neil tries a through ball, but Ross Stewart is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Michael Bostwick replaces Joe Powell.

  14. Booking

    Joe Powell (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

  16. Post update

    Jonny Smith (Burton Albion) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Michael Mancienne.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Joe Powell (Burton Albion).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Stewart (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

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