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Sunderland 4-2 Gillingham

Sunderland put their recent run of draws behind them as they returned to winning ways with an entertaining 4-2 victory over Gillingham.

Jack Ross' side claimed the lead after just four minutes, with Lee Cattermole stabbing home at the back post after Grant Leadbitter's corner was deflected into his path.

The Black Cats' lead lasted just two minutes, however, with Tom Eaves racing clear of the opposition defence to round goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and stab home ahead of Tom Flanagan.

Flanagan gained revenge four minutes later, heading home another excellent corner from Leadbitter to ensure the game continued at a breakneck pace.

Neither defence was covering itself in glory and with the Sunderland backline proving every bit as incapable of dealing with set-pieces as the Gillingham back four, the visitors levelled for a second time five minutes before the break.

Sunderland's defenders failed to clear their lines, and while Leonardo Da Silva Lopes' shot was blocked, the ball broke kindly for an unmarked Brandon Hanlan to sweep home.

The game slowed slightly in the second half, but Sunderland's attacking prowess proved decisive as they claimed the lead for a third time in the 66th minute.

Lopes tripped Luke O'Nien as he was shaping to shoot from Reece James' cross, and Will Grigg side-footed home from the penalty spot to claim his first goal since a £4m move from Wigan.

O'Nien won another penalty with 13 minutes left, drawing a foul from Regan Charles-Cook, and this time Aiden McGeady stepped up to convert from the spot.

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Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 12Flanagan
  • 30DunneBooked at 68mins
  • 16James
  • 6CattermoleSubstituted forPowerat 89'minutes
  • 23LeadbitterSubstituted forMcGeouchat 85'minutes
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forGoochat 18'minutes
  • 10HoneymanBooked at 54mins
  • 19McGeady
  • 22Grigg

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 8McGeouch
  • 9Wyke
  • 11Gooch
  • 17Morgan
  • 25Ruiter
  • 27Power

Gillingham

  • 1Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 34Ogilvie
  • 12Fuller
  • 33ByrneBooked at 59mins
  • 17Da Silva LopesBooked at 65minsSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 68'minutes
  • 20OldakerSubstituted forListat 74'minutes
  • 10BurkeBooked at 34minsSubstituted forParrettat 90'minutes
  • 9Eaves
  • 7Hanlan

Substitutes

  • 8Parrett
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 13Reilly
  • 14Campbell
  • 15List
  • 21King
  • 30Hadler
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
28,364

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home11
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 4, Gillingham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 4, Gillingham 2.

Attempt missed. Elliott List (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Dean Parrett replaces Graham Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Max Power replaces Lee Cattermole.

Attempt missed. Barry Fuller (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Tom Eaves (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Reece James.

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Dylan McGeouch replaces Grant Leadbitter.

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

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Gillingham).

Attempt saved. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. William Grigg (Sunderland) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Attempt blocked. George Honeyman (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Graham Burke (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 4, Gillingham 2. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Sunderland. Luke O'Nien draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Darren Oldaker.

Attempt missed. Graham Burke (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Regan Charles-Cook replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Booking

Jimmy Dunne (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jimmy Dunne (Sunderland).

Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 3, Gillingham 2. William Grigg (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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2Barnsley33199559283166
3Sunderland321614257322562
4Portsmouth331710655361961
5Charlton33168948331556
6Doncaster31158858391953
7Peterborough33141095144752
8Blackpool32121283428648
9Coventry33137133637-146
10Fleetwood33129124436845
11Burton331110124240243
12Wycombe331110124247-543
13Southend33124174344-140
14Accrington311010113342-940
15Scunthorpe33117154057-1740
16Plymouth33108154053-1338
17Gillingham33106174457-1336
18Walsall3398163453-1935
19Bristol Rovers32810143135-434
20Rochdale3397174167-2634
21Shrewsbury32712133444-1033
22Oxford Utd33712144052-1233
23Bradford3396183652-1633
24Wimbledon3385202751-2429
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