Sunderland made a winning start to life without sacked manager Paolo Di Canio as the Premier League's bottom club beat Peterborough in the League Cup.

Caretaker boss Kevin Ball ensured the Black Cats progressed to the fourth round in his first game in charge.

Emanuele Giaccherini converted Lee Cattermole's cross to give the home team the lead going into the break.

Valentin Roberge then headed home, scoring his first goal for the club and securing victory for the troubled side.

The defender, who had come on as a substitute, looked almost astonished as he celebrated his team's second win of the season.

Di Canio had dominated the headlines on Wearside throughout his 13-game tenure and the Italian, dismissed on Sunday following the 3-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion, unsurprisingly continued to set the agenda in the build-up to this third-round match.

Sunderland's match programme focused on the former Swindon boss, with chief executive Margaret Byrne explaining that the Black Cats parted company with the 45-year-old because of a fear of being "cut adrift" at the bottom of the league table.

The League Cup, though, has offered Sunderland some respite this season, with their only victory under Di Canio coming in the second round of competition - a 4-2 home win over MK Dons.

A new-look Sunderland, including just three of Di Canio's summer signings, were the dominant side with the recalled Sebastian Larsson and Lee Cattermole orchestrating play from midfield.

Visitors Posh made a promising start, but the early injury to striker Lee Tomlin disrupted Darren Ferguson's men and from there on the home team took control.

Italy international Giaccherini - one of the trio of Di Canio summer signings - missed from six yards, but made amends when he half-volleyed Cattermole's cross beyond Robert Olejnik for the opening goal.

Sunderland could have doubled their advantage before the break, but Jozy Altidore's well-struck effort came off the post.

Peterborough rarely threatened, but the home side had to wait until the 73rd minute before ending the visitors' hopes as Roberge converted Adam Johnson's cross from 12 yards.

Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball:

"I'm not sure how long I'll be in charge for. Maybe until Sunday, maybe longer. Who knows.

"Obviously I'm in contact with the board when I need to but I just like doing one game at a time.

"Some of the football we played was excellent and the changes they created showed they have confidence."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 20 Westwood
  • 08 Gardner
  • 14 Colback Booked
  • 16 O'Shea (Valentin - 61' )
  • 24 Cuellar Booked
  • 04 Ki Sung-Yeung Booked
  • 07 Larsson
  • 11 Johnson Booked
  • 23 Giaccherini (Borini - 81' )
  • 33 Cattermole
  • 17 Altidore (Wickham - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Mannone
  • 29 Valentin
  • 06 Cabral
  • 22 El-Hadji Ba
  • 35 Mavrias
  • 10 Wickham
  • 31 Borini

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 02 Alcock
  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 07 Swanson Booked
  • 08 Payne (Mendez-Laing - 76' )
  • 10 Tomlin (Newell - 11' )
  • 14 Rowe (McCann - 64' )
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 23 Barnett

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 04 Brisley
  • 11 McCann
  • 17 Newell
  • 18 Ferdinand
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
  • 28 Gordon-Hutton
Ref: Naylor
Att: 18,126

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

5 3

Corners

10 4

Fouls

14 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:21

Michael Bostwick takes a shot.

90:00 +0:58

Centre by Craig Alcock.

89:13

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing produces a cross.

88:38

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson. Robert Olejnik catches the ball.

87:48 Booking

Booking

87:48

Danny Swanson is shown a yellow card.

87:43

Danny Swanson concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson.

86:30

Header by Tyrone Barnett misses right.

86:24

The ball is swung over by Kgosi Ntlhe.

84:35 Substitution

Substitution Connor Wickham is brought on as a substitute for Jozy Altidore.

82:45

Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

82:35

Jozy Altidore is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

82:24

Jack Colback restarts play with the free kick.

82:18

Foul by Danny Swanson on Sebastian Larsson, free kick awarded.

81:39

A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson.

81:34

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.

81:12

Jozy Altidore has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

80:41 Substitution

Substitution Fabio Borini comes on in place of Emanuele Giaccherini.

80:20

Danny Swanson concedes a free kick for a foul on Sung-Yeung Ki.

79:11

Grant McCann takes the free kick.

79:03

Joe Newell fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick.

77:30

Craig Alcock sends in a cross.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is brought on as a substitute for Jack Payne.

74:37

Unfair challenge on Tyrone Barnett by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick.

74:22

Sebastian Larsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

73:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Valentin Roberge - Sunderland 2 - 0 Peterboro Valentin Roberge scores with a header. Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough.

72:50

Adam Johnson sends in a cross.

72:11

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.

69:45

Clearance made by Keiren Westwood.

69:42

Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line.

69:10

Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

68:57 Booking

Booking

68:57

Adam Johnson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

68:49

Adam Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kgosi Ntlhe.

64:48

Corner taken by Adam Johnson.

63:48 Substitution

Substitution Grant McCann joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tommy Rowe.

62:13

A cross is delivered by Jack Colback.

61:16

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.

60:35 Substitution

Substitution Valentin Roberge comes on in place of John O'Shea.

59:29

Joe Newell takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Keiren Westwood safely holds on.

58:59

Clearance by John O'Shea.

58:56

Corner taken by Danny Swanson.

58:14

The ball is delivered by Craig Gardner.

57:58

Free kick taken by Jack Payne.

57:44 Booking

Booking

57:44

Jack Colback booked for unsporting behaviour.

57:23

Unfair challenge on Danny Swanson by Jack Colback results in a free kick.

55:39

Jack Payne takes the free kick.

55:30

Foul by Jozy Altidore on Michael Bostwick, free kick awarded.

53:36

Adam Johnson has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

52:55

Jack Payne takes the free kick.

52:47

Foul by Lee Cattermole on Tyrone Barnett, free kick awarded.

52:27

Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

52:11

Jozy Altidore is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

51:32

Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

51:04

Carlos Cuellar fouled by Britt Assombalonga, the ref awards a free kick.

50:46

Free kick taken by Gabriel Zakuani.

50:42

Foul by Jozy Altidore on Michael Bostwick, free kick awarded.

49:43

Tyrone Barnett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner.

49:34

Corner taken by Danny Swanson from the left by-line.

48:36

Carlos Cuellar goes into the book.

48:36 Booking

Booking

48:31

Foul by Carlos Cuellar on Joe Newell, free kick awarded.

47:52

Clearance made by Tyrone Barnett.

47:46

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.

46:55

Jack Payne crosses the ball.

46:40

Free kick taken by Danny Swanson.

46:32

Danny Swanson fouled by Craig Gardner, the ref awards a free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:06 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:57

Robert Olejnik crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:00 +2:44

Adam Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kgosi Ntlhe.

45:00 +0:32

Danny Swanson restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:14

John O'Shea gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga.

44:12

Jozy Altidore takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

43:40

Jozy Altidore takes the chance to get an effort at goal and strikes the post.

43:15

Jozy Altidore manages to make a clearance.

43:08

Corner taken by Danny Swanson.

40:55

Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.

40:51

Adam Johnson produces a cross.

39:31

Danny Swanson takes a shot and cleared the net.

38:20

Tyrone Barnett manages to make a clearance.

38:15

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.

36:48

Free kick taken by Michael Bostwick.

36:38

Unfair challenge on Danny Swanson by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick.

33:12

Shot by Jack Payne missed to the left of the net.

32:00

Lee Cattermole provided the assist for the goal.

32:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Emanuele Giaccherini - Sunderland 1 - 0 Peterboro Emanuele Giaccherini scores with a left foot finish. Sunderland 1-0 Peterborough.

29:47

Shot by Jozy Altidore cleared the bar.

29:22

Michael Bostwick manages to make a clearance.

28:04

Michael Bostwick makes a clearance.

27:52

A cross is delivered by Jack Colback.

26:13

Joe Newell takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

25:28

Shot by Emanuele Giaccherini went over the bar.

24:32

Emanuele Giaccherini takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

23:50

Michael Bostwick takes the free kick.

23:34

The referee blows for offside.

22:36

John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.

22:25

Britt Assombalonga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback.

17:00

Header at goal by Craig Gardner misses to the right.

16:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.

16:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.

15:44

Jack Colback sends in a cross.

15:03

Clearance made by Britt Assombalonga.

14:54

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.

14:27

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.

14:06

Jozy Altidore produces a cross.

13:28

Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

13:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Gardner on Joe Newell.

10:42 Substitution

Substitution Joe Newell is brought on as a substitute for Lee Tomlin.

9:40

Shot by Michael Bostwick went wide right of the net.

9:36

Free kick taken by Danny Swanson.

6:45 Booking

Booking

6:45

Booking for Sung-Yeung Ki for unsporting behaviour.

6:38

Sung-Yeung Ki challenges Lee Tomlin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

5:53

Jozy Altidore takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Robert Olejnik parries the ball away.

5:01

Sebastian Larsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

3:24

Danny Swanson takes a shot.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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