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Sunderland 3-0 Southend United

Sunderland moved to within three points of top spot in League One by making it four wins in a row defeating play-off chasing Southend 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.

On a cold afternoon on Wearside, the Black Cats were too hot to handle for the Shrimpers even if there were spells when the home side had defend well.

Overall though, with the exception of a couple of decent saves from Jon McLaughlin, Southend couldn't do anything about in-form Sunderland at the other end.

George Honeyman's glancing header from Lynden Gooch's cross in the 29th minute got things rolling before a Chris Maguire thunderbolt seven minutes into the second half effectively sealed the points.

There was still time for a third with 10 minutes remaining. Substitute Aiden McGeady drilled a low left-foot effort inside Mark Oxley's bottom left corner following Josh Maja's lay off.

It was a win that secured a third consecutive clean sheet and moved Sunderland to within three points of leaders Portsmouth, even though they remain in third behind Peterborough, who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Matthews
  • 12FlanaganBooked at 45mins
  • 15Baldwin
  • 16James
  • 6Cattermole
  • 8McGeouchSubstituted forMcGeadyat 54'minutes
  • 7Maguire
  • 10Honeyman
  • 11GoochSubstituted forO'Nienat 74'minutes
  • 17SinclairSubstituted forMajaat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Oviedo
  • 5Ozturk
  • 13O'Nien
  • 19McGeady
  • 20Maja
  • 25Ruiter
  • 37Mumba

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24Demetriou
  • 23Moore
  • 6Turner
  • 3CokerSubstituted forHendrieat 21'minutes
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 66'minutes
  • 18Mantom
  • 8Dieng
  • 30BunnBooked at 41mins
  • 16YearwoodBooked at 68minsSubstituted forKightlyat 78'minutes
  • 10Cox

Substitutes

  • 2Bwomono
  • 7Kightly
  • 13Bishop
  • 28McCoulsky
  • 31Robinson
  • 32Hendrie
  • 48White
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
30,894

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 3, Southend United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Southend United 0.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Sunderland).

Shawn McCoulsky (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Taylor Moore (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Turner (Southend United).

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Michael Turner.

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 3, Southend United 0. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Maja.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Michael Kightly replaces Dru Yearwood.

Attempt saved. Shawn McCoulsky (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Michael Turner.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Luke O'Nien replaces Lynden Gooch because of an injury.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Michael Turner.

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Dru Yearwood (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dru Yearwood (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Shawn McCoulsky replaces Stephen McLaughlin.

Attempt missed. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Dru Yearwood (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sam Mantom (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

Dru Yearwood (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth16105127141335
2Peterborough16103333211233
3Sunderland1595130131732
4Barnsley1584328141428
5Luton168442719828
6Accrington167632018227
7Coventry168351917227
8Doncaster167452522325
9Walsall157441819-125
10Fleetwood166552416823
11Southend167272121023
12Blackpool145721712522
13Charlton156452220222
14Rochdale165472231-919
15Wycombe164662224-218
16Burton155371921-218
17Scunthorpe164572334-1117
18Gillingham154382328-515
19Shrewsbury163671419-515
20Bristol Rovers163581114-314
21Oxford Utd163581724-714
22Plymouth163491827-913
23Wimbledon1632111024-1411
24Bradford1631121230-1810
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