Sunderland made hard work of seeing off non-league Kidderminster Harriers as they scraped into the FA Cup fifth round at the Stadium of Light.

Harriers' hopes of an upset were dented inside five minutes when Josh Gowling's error let Charis Mavrias fire his first Black Cats goal from 12 yards.

Top scorer Michael Gash had a great chance to equalise, only to shoot straight at debutant Oscar Ustari.

Freddie Ladapo then missed a great late chance to level on his debut.

Raking in the lolly

Even before receiving their half share of gate receipts from an attendance of 25,081, Harriers had already earned over £300,000 from this season's FA Cup run. They have picked up £125,000 in prize money alone. And that comes on top of the six-figure sale to Huddersfield Town of Joe Lolley, their third-round replay match-winner at Peterborough.

But the Harriers, 79 places below Sunderland in the English football pyramid, had every reason to feel proud of themselves.

Although they managed just one shot on target, their blanket defence restricted Sunderland to relatively few chances.

Sunderland made 10 changes from the team who stunned Manchester United on Wednesday night, only captain Lee Cattermole remaining in the starting line-up from the team that booked their place in the Capital One Cup final.

The visitors, by contrast, made just one change from the team beaten 2-1 at home by Dartford on Tuesday, on-loan Burton midfielder Jack Dyer coming in for Lee Fowler.

Harriers' best hope, roared on by their raucous 4,000 following from Worcestershire, relied on holding Sunderland at bay for as long as possible.

But the Wearsiders made an electric start, putting the Harriers defence under siege before forcing the error that triggered the only goal of the game.

And it came from Gowling, usually Harriers' most reliable defender.

He miscued his pass straight to Mavrias, who lashed home from close to the penalty spot.

I don't believe we've met

This was the first ever meeting between the two sides

Following that frantic opening, it looked like the goal might be the moment that broke the dam. But, although Emanuele Giaccherini flashed a couple of efforts just wide, the expected onslaught never came.

El-Hadji Ba had a right foot curler fly just over before Sunderland boss Gus Poyet finally lost patience with his second string and brought on three of his midweek heroes.

But still they failed to find a decisive second goal and, with nerves starting to jangle all round the Stadium of Light, it was Kidderminster who finished the stronger.

Danny Jackman shot just wide, before new man Ladapo went even closer, flashing an effort just across the face of goal.

But, in the end, it was Sunderland who go into the last 16, leaving Harriers only the satisfaction of their performance - and their half-share of an attendance of 25,081.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told BBC Sport:

"It was not a classic. The only good part of the game was the first 20 minutes.

"Then it became boring and difficult to watch, until the last 10 minutes when they gave it everything.

"But credit to the other team. They should be proud of what they have done today.

"It will be interesting to see who we get next, but getting three points on Wednesday [at home to Stoke] is the most important thing."

Kidderminster Harriers manager Andy Thorn told BBC Sport:

"I'm immensely proud of my players. I thought they were magnificent. We looked like a League club. If that's not a springboard for our season, then I'll be very disappointed.

"We knew it would be really tough playing a Premier League side and, when we conceded so early, you know you're in danger of ending up with a cricket score.

"But, for us to be disappointed with not coming away with a draw and getting another crack at them speaks volumes for the performance.

"In the end, their keeper's pulled off a magnificent save to deny Michael Gash and Freddie Ladapo's had another sniff at the end. And that was all the difference between us.

"It was a proper cup tie. And the fans were unbelievable. They gave us fantastic support."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 32 Ustari
  • 12 Celustka
  • 29 Roberge
  • 33 Cattermole (Colback - 72' )
  • 27 Vergini
  • 21 Diakité
  • 07 Larsson
  • 22 Ba Booked (Gardner - 66' )
  • 17 Altidore
  • 23 Giaccherini (Borini - 66' )
  • 35 Mavrias

Substitutes

  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng
  • 08 Gardner
  • 13 Pickford
  • 14 Colback
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 31 Borini
  • 41 Watmore

Kidderminster Harriers

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Vaughan
  • 16 Jackman
  • 04 Storer Booked
  • 30 Gowling
  • 03 Demetriou
  • 22 Morgan-Smith Booked (Ladapo - 68' )
  • 26 Dyer (Aloi - 83' )
  • 09 Gash
  • 07 Byrne
  • 11 Johnson (Gittings - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Dunkley
  • 10 Malbon
  • 14 Angus
  • 18 Gittings
  • 23 Vaughan
  • 24 Ladapo
  • 28 Aloi
Ref: Roger East
Att: 25,081

Match Stats

Shots

23 5

On target

6 1

Corners

11 0

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

90:00 +3:21

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

90:00 +3:21

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:43

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

90:00 +2:43

Josh Gowling (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:22

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:22

Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

90:00 +0:49

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Lee Vaughan.

90:00 +0:47

Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

87:32

Attempt missed. Freddie Ladapo (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

86:12

Attempt missed. Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

84:49

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jack Byrne.

82:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Santiago Aloi replaces Jack Dyer.

81:20

Attempt missed. Ondrej Celustka (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a set piece situation.

80:31

Charalampos Mavrias (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:31

Foul by Danny Jackman (Kidderminster Harriers).

79:50

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Danny Jackman.

77:58

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:58

Foul by Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers).

74:40

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charalampos Mavrias.

74:09

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jack Dyer.

73:04

Modibo Diakité (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:04

Foul by Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers).

72:35

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

72:35

Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jack Colback replaces Lee Cattermole because of an injury.

71:24

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mickey Demetriou.

71:22

Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

69:47

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

68:45

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:45

Foul by Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers).

68:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Callum Gittings replaces Marvin Johnson.

67:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Freddie Ladapo replaces Amari Morgan-Smith.

67:14

Attempt missed. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Charalampos Mavrias following a corner.

66:40

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Lee Vaughan.

65:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Craig Gardner replaces El-Hadji Ba.

65:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Fabio Borini replaces Emanuele Giaccherini.

64:01 Booking

Booking Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:53

Valentin Roberge (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:53

Foul by Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers).

63:07

Attempt missed. El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

62:18

Attempt blocked. Ondrej Celustka (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by El-Hadji Ba.

59:41

Attempt saved. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.

57:59

Foul by Valentin Roberge (Sunderland).

57:59

Kyle Storer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:48

Attempt missed. Jack Dyer (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Byrne.

50:34 Booking

Booking El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:07

Foul by El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland).

50:07

Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:02

Attempt blocked. El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.

46:14

Attempt saved. El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

45:00 +0:31 Booking

Booking Charalampos Mavrias (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0.

40:34

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

40:34

Jack Dyer (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:47

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:47

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

37:39

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jack Byrne.

37:37

Attempt blocked. Valentin Roberge (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:13

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Amari Morgan-Smith.

35:40

Attempt missed. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

33:23

Foul by Ondrej Celustka (Sunderland).

33:23

Marvin Johnson (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:50

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

32:50

Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:58

Modibo Diakité (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:58

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

30:05

Foul by El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland).

30:05

Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:52

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:52

Foul by Jack Dyer (Kidderminster Harriers).

25:24

Attempt missed. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Charalampos Mavrias.

24:04

Attempt missed. Ondrej Celustka (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

20:29

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:29

Foul by Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers).

19:24

Attempt saved. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

17:33

Attempt missed. Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Gash.

15:36

Attempt missed. Charalampos Mavrias (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ondrej Celustka with a cross.

13:38

Attempt saved. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross.

12:14

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Valentin Roberge with a cross.

9:42

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.

8:52

Attempt saved. Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

4:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Kidderminster Harriers 0. Charalampos Mavrias (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

2:58

Foul by Valentin Roberge (Sunderland).

2:58

Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:50

Attempt blocked. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ondrej Celustka with a headed pass.

2:40

Attempt blocked. El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross.

2:00

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jack Dyer.

1:23

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jack Dyer.

0:40

Attempt blocked. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ondrej Celustka with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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