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Sunderland 4-1 Rochdale

Sunderland returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion as Josh Maja and Lynden Gooch scored two goals apiece in their victory against Rochdale.

The Black Cats dominated from the outset and blitzed their opponents with three goals in the space of eight minutes at the end of the first half.

Having been crowned EFL Young Player of the Month earlier in the week, Maja scored the first as he headed home Chris Maguire's cross.

Sunderland's second came from the penalty spot with Gooch side-footing home after he had been felled by a sliding challenge from Oliver Rathbone.

Maja added a third on the stroke of half-time, taking his tally for the season to seven, as he drilled home a low finish following a left-wing cross from full-back Denver Hume.

Jon McLaughlin made a fine double save at the start of the second half to deny Calvin Andrew and Ian Henderson, but Sunderland continued to dominate and added a fourth goal when Gooch drilled a low finish into the corner.

Rochdale claimed a consolation as substitute Matthew Done converted Jordan Williams' low cross.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 12Flanagan
  • 4LoovensBooked at 22mins
  • 15Baldwin
  • 33Hume
  • 6Cattermole
  • 8McGeouch
  • 11GoochSubstituted forOviedoat 86'minutes
  • 10Honeyman
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forMcGeadyat 73'minutes
  • 20MajaSubstituted forSinclairat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Matthews
  • 3Oviedo
  • 13O'Nien
  • 16James
  • 17Sinclair
  • 19McGeady
  • 25Ruiter

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 45mins
  • 6McGahey
  • 5Delaney
  • 21HartBooked at 85mins
  • 10Camps
  • 14RathboneBooked at 51minsSubstituted forAdsheadat 63'minutes
  • 40HendersonBooked at 52mins
  • 9Andrew
  • 18WilbrahamSubstituted forDoneat 63'minutes
  • 36GillamSubstituted forWilliamsat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McNulty
  • 11Williams
  • 16Done
  • 17Perkins
  • 22Moore
  • 25Adshead
  • 41Matheson
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
28,764

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 4, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 4, Rochdale 1.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt saved. Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Dylan McGeouch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Attempt saved. Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Sunderland).

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Bryan Oviedo replaces Lynden Gooch.

Booking

Sam Hart (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Hart (Rochdale).

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Denver Hume (Sunderland).

Jordan Williams (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Aiden McGeady replaces Chris Maguire.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 4, Rochdale 1. Matt Done (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Williams.

Attempt saved. Sam Hart (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland).

Sam Hart (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Jerome Sinclair replaces Josh Maja.

Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Williams (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 4, Rochdale 0. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Dylan McGeouch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Maja (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough971124111322
2Portsmouth96301771021
3Sunderland95311991018
4Doncaster9531157818
5Walsall95311411318
6Charlton9522139417
7Barnsley84311551015
8Blackpool935185314
9Accrington93511211114
10Fleetwood9342137613
11Scunthorpe93421318-513
12Luton93331010012
13Coventry9324710-311
14Rochdale93241420-611
15Burton83141011-110
16Southend93151013-310
17Bristol Rovers9225911-28
18Wycombe9153913-48
19Wimbledon9225713-68
20Shrewsbury914479-27
21Gillingham92161118-77
22Bradford9207715-86
23Oxford Utd9126919-105
24Plymouth9036516-113
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