Sunderland gave debuts to new signings Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher as they eased to victory against Morecambe in the second round of the League Cup.

Former Middlesbrough and Manchester City winger Johnson set up the opener, his corner headed in by James McClean.

Johnson then found McClean again as the Irishman added a second with a confident finish.

Lewis Alessandra came closest for League Two Morecambe, as they were comfortably outplayed by their hosts.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill had won this competition twice as a player and twice as a manager and he fielded a strong starting line-up.

The inclusion of winger Johnson and striker Fletcher gave Black Cats fans an early chance to see their new arrivals, with the former particularly impressive.

Having set up the opener, Johnson also had a shot beaten away before sending a free-kick narrowly over.

Alessandra saw a shot go narrowly wide in a rare chance for Morecambe before McClean wrapped up the tie with his second.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "I want Adam [Johnson] to go and attack players like he did tonight and get the crowd on their feet, which he is capable of doing.

"The further that we have him up the field, probably the better for us. If he is picking it up, as he does, wide right-hand side with 40 yards to go rather than 70 yards, then it's better for us, so we will try to encourage that."

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley: "It's always nice as a footballer to pit your wits against the best in the business.

"Sunderland have got an unbelievable amount of quality - the two new signings and Louis Saha, who's a bit of a hero of mine being an Evertonian, coming off the bench as well.

"They put a really, really strong side out and we acquitted ourselves well and gave them a good game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 20 Westwood
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 19 Bramble
  • 06 Cattermole Booked (Meyler - 78' )
  • 07 Larsson
  • 08 Gardner
  • 14 Colback
  • 21 Johnson
  • 23 McClean Booked (Campbell - 73' )
  • 28 Sessegnon
  • 26 Fletcher (Saha - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 12 Kilgallon
  • 24 Cuellar
  • 18 Meyler
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 09 Campbell
  • 25 Saha

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 02 Fenton
  • 03 Threlfall
  • 06 Haining
  • 08 Wright
  • 22 Parrish
  • 07 Reid (Ellison - 60' )
  • 17 Fleming
  • 18 McDonald
  • 09 Alessandra (Redshaw - 72' )
  • 10 Brodie (Carlton - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 15 McCready
  • 11 Ellison
  • 16 Drummond
  • 14 Burrow
  • 27 Redshaw
  • 30 Carlton
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 22,871

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

10 1

Corners

9 3

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:30 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:50

The official flags Gary McDonald offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

90:00 +1:30

Craig Gardner crosses the ball, Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, clearance made by Andrew Parrish.

88:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Redshaw on Adam Johnson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Andrew Wright makes a clearance.

86:30

Jack Redshaw takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.

84:47

Kevin Ellison produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

83:41

Jack Redshaw has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

78:57

Andrew Fleming takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Titus Bramble.

77:49 Substitution

Substitution Lee Cattermole goes off and David Meyler comes on.

76:40

Louis Saha takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Barry Roche makes a save.

75:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by John O'Shea on Jack Redshaw. Andrew Parrish restarts play with the free kick.

74:30

Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Nicholas Fenton.

74:10

Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross, clearance made by Nicholas Fenton.

73:36

Shot by Louis Saha. Blocked by Robbie Threlfall.

72:32 Substitution

Substitution Fraizer Campbell joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McClean.

72:10

James McClean has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

71:02

James McClean fouled by Andrew Fleming, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Cattermole takes the direct free kick.

71:02 Substitution

Substitution (Morecambe) makes a substitution, with Jack Redshaw coming on for Lewis Alessandra.

69:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Alessandra by Lee Cattermole. Free kick crossed right-footed by Will Haining.

68:53

The ball is swung over by Craig Gardner, save by Barry Roche.

67:39

Louis Saha sends in a cross, Will Haining makes a clearance.

67:07

Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Alessandra. Lewis Alessandra restarts play with the free kick.

65:50

Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Ellison.

65:50 Substitution

Substitution Louis Saha replaces Steven Fletcher.

64:16

Assist on the goal came from Adam Johnson.

64:16 Goal scored

Goal! - James McClean - Sunderland 2 - 0 Morecambe James McClean finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-0 Morecambe.

63:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Andrew Wright. Stephane Sessegnon takes the direct free kick.

61:43

Andrew Fleming takes the inswinging corner, Adam Johnson manages to make a clearance.

59:16 Substitution

Substitution Izak Reid goes off and Kevin Ellison comes on.

59:16 Substitution

Substitution Richard Brodie leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Carlton.

58:12

Andrew Fleming gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Craig Gardner takes the free kick.

57:30

Effort from outside the penalty box by Lewis Alessandra goes wide left of the target.

55:15

Unfair challenge on Titus Bramble by Richard Brodie results in a free kick. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

54:30

Direct free kick taken by Will Haining.

54:30 Booking

Booking Lee Cattermole goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

54:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Lee Cattermole.

52:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Fleming by Adam Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Will Haining.

51:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McDonald on Lee Cattermole. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing, clearance by Gary McDonald.

49:00

Lewis Alessandra crosses the ball.

47:02

Foul by Adam Johnson on Lewis Alessandra, free kick awarded. Nicholas Fenton takes the direct free kick.

45:25

The referee penalises Richard Brodie for handball. Lee Cattermole takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:12

James McClean sends in a cross.

44:03

Adam Johnson crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Sebastian Larsson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

41:24

Handball by Nicholas Fenton. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Adam Johnson.

41:05

Shot by Stephane Sessegnon. Will Haining gets a block in.

39:19

Drilled right-footed shot by Adam Johnson. Save made by Barry Roche. Adam Johnson decides to take the corner short.

38:55

Adam Johnson produces a cross, clearance by Will Haining.

36:00

Andrew Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner. Craig Gardner restarts play with the free kick.

35:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Fleming on Lee Cattermole. Stephane Sessegnon takes the free kick.

34:03

The ball is sent over by James McClean, Steven Fletcher has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

33:30

James McClean takes a shot. Blocked by Will Haining.

32:37

James McClean sends in a cross, Will Haining manages to make a clearance.

31:32

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post, Richard Brodie manages to make a clearance.

30:32

Craig Gardner produces a cross, clearance by Will Haining.

28:13

Corner taken by Adam Johnson, John O'Shea gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Parrish. Barry Roche takes the direct free kick.

24:55

Richard Brodie produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

23:28

Assist on the goal came from Adam Johnson.

23:28 Goal scored

Goal! - James McClean - Sunderland 1 - 0 Morecambe James McClean finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Sunderland 1-0 Morecambe.

23:16

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line played to the near post,

21:51

Foul by Andrew Fleming on Steven Fletcher, free kick awarded. Craig Gardner has an effort direct from the free kick.

20:15

Craig Gardner produces a curled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Barry Roche.

19:30

Shot from 20 yards by Jack Colback. Save by Barry Roche.

18:43

Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Gary McDonald results in a free kick. Craig Gardner takes the direct free kick.

16:25

Shot by Robbie Threlfall from just outside the area goes over the net.

15:21

Andrew Wright has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

14:08

Craig Gardner produces a cross, save by Barry Roche.

12:43

Free kick taken by Will Haining.

12:43 Booking

Booking James McClean goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

12:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Threlfall by James McClean.

11:04

The ball is swung over by Robbie Threlfall, John O'Shea makes a clearance.

10:20

Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Threlfall, clearance made by John O'Shea.

10:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Brodie by John O'Shea. Richard Brodie takes the direct free kick.

9:18

Corner taken by Adam Johnson, save by Barry Roche.

8:23

A cross is delivered by James McClean, save by Barry Roche.

7:35

Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson to the near post, clearance by Will Haining.

7:18

Craig Gardner produces a cross.

5:43

James McClean is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Roche.

4:58

Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Andrew Wright, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andrew Wright.

2:07

Sebastian Larsson challenges Gary McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

1:40

The ball is crossed by Jack Colback.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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