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Sunderland 3-0 Wolves

Sunderland players celebrate their second goal
Ashley Fletcher (right) hit only his second goal since joining Sunderland on loan from Middlesbrough in January

Relegated Sunderland ended a miserable season in the Championship by thumping champions Wolves, who missed out on the chance to top 100 points.

Ovie Ejaria tapped Sunderland ahead and Ashley Fletcher lobbed in the second over on-rushing Wolves keeper Will Norris after holding off Danny Batth.

Paddy McNair cut into the box and drilled in the third to seal victory.

Sunderland are the only team not beaten by Wolves in the league this season, following December's draw at Molineux.

The home side, who released boss Chris Coleman from his contract last Sunday, had only previously won two league games at home this season, while Wolves arrived at the Stadium of Light with the division's best away record.

Sunderland were watched from the stands by prospective new owner Stewart Donald, who has agreed a deal to buy the club from Ellis Short as part of a consortium.

Wolves, who lifted the Championship trophy last weekend, finish the season with 99 points, a record for the Molineux club in the second tier.

Sunderland ended the game with six academy players on the pitch at the Stadium of Light, with 20-year-old Luke Molyneux having made his first senior start and Elliot Embleton, Denver Hume and Bali Mumba all coming off the substitutes' bench in the second half.

Prospective Sunderland owner Stewart Donald
Stewart Donald's consortium are close to taking over Sunderland after he agreed the sale of National League side Eastleigh

Sunderland caretaker boss Robbie Stockdale:

"It made me proud that some of them were lads that came through the youth system when I was coaching there. It was a proud moment for the football club.

"There's a lot of hard work that goes into developing young players, and there would have been more involved if they were fit.

"But I've got to say that although I was really proud, and although it was a really good moment for the club, the attitude of the loan players and the senior players was also really good. The environment they created was great.

"John O'Shea epitomises what a professional footballer should be. His brilliance around the training ground, and on the pitch he's always organising. The mix of senior and younger players was really good."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo:

"It was a bad game. We were not as intense as we should have been, and that is why we lost.

"A lot of things have been happening, and we were promoted a long time ago.

"We wanted to push for a victory and our fans were there, but the game did not go well. It is not a question now of looking at it too deeply, although we should have done better.

"I cannot take anything away from my boys though. What they have achieved is fantastic. We have finished as champions and we did everything that we wanted to. They should all be very proud."

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1Steele
  • 21Matthews
  • 16O'SheaSubstituted forMumbaat 87'minutes
  • 36Wilson
  • 3OviedoSubstituted forHumeat 71'minutes
  • 28Robson
  • 29Asoro
  • 4McNairSubstituted forEmbletonat 75'minutes
  • 53Ejaria
  • 52Molyneux
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 12Camp
  • 13McManaman
  • 20Maja
  • 35Clarke-Salter
  • 37Mumba
  • 40Embleton
  • 41Hume

Wolves

  • 31NorrisSubstituted forBurgoyneat 71'minutes
  • 6Batth
  • 16Coady
  • 25Miranda
  • 2Doherty
  • 27Saiss
  • 8Neves
  • 3Douglas
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forEnobakhareat 56'minutes
  • 24Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forBonatiniat 56'minutes
  • 18Jota

Substitutes

  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 13Burgoyne
  • 19Afobe
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 29Vinagre
  • 30Hause
  • 33Bonatini
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
28,452

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Denver Hume (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Bali Mumba replaces John O'Shea.

Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare.

Hand ball by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Denver Hume.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Attempt blocked. Ethan Robson (Sunderland) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Joel Asoro (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Roderick Miranda.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Elliot Embleton replaces Paddy McNair.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Diogo Jota tries a through ball, but Bright Enobakhare is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Denver Hume replaces Bryan Oviedo.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Harry Burgoyne replaces Will Norris.

Attempt missed. Luke Molyneux (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Barry Douglas.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Paddy McNair (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside.

Roderick Miranda (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Sunderland).

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini replaces Morgan Gibbs-White.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare replaces Hélder Costa.

Delay in match Luke Molyneux (Sunderland) because of an injury.

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ethan Robson (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Bryan Oviedo.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jason Steele.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves46309782394399
2Cardiff462791069393090
3Fulham462513879463388
4Aston Villa4624111172423083
5Middlesbrough4622101467452276
6Derby4620151170482275
7Preston4619161157461173
8Millwall4619151256451172
9Brentford4618151362521069
10Sheff Utd46209176255769
11Bristol City461716136758967
12Ipswich46179205760-360
13Leeds46179205964-560
14Norwich461515164960-1160
15Sheff Wed461415175960-157
16QPR461511205870-1256
17Nottm Forest46158235165-1453
18Hull461116197070049
19Birmingham46137263868-3046
20Reading461014224870-2244
21Bolton461013233974-3543
22Barnsley46914234872-2441
23Burton461011253881-4341
24Sunderland46716235280-2837
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