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Bristol Rovers 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland's Aiden McGeady
Aden McGeady curls home Sunderland's second goal at the Memorial Stadium

Aiden McGeady netted a fine free-kick as Sunderland boosted their chase for automatic promotion with a League One win at Bristol Rovers.

The visitors took a 25th-minute lead when McGeady's cross from the right reached Will Grigg at the far post and his volley across goal was turned in from close range by Luke O'Nien.

McGeady made the points safe on 55 minutes, finding the top corner with a perfectly-struck shot from a central position just outside the box after Liam Sercombe had been penalised for handball.

Neither side could create much in a first half that saw Alex Rodman, Gavin Reilly and Ollie Clarke fire wide for Rovers from outside the box.

Sunderland's defence, in which Tom Flanagan and Jimmy Dunne excelled, coped comfortably with some predictable attacks from their hosts and substitute Charlie Wyke missed a trio of late chances to extend the lead.

The result saw Rovers slip back into the relegation zone and on this form, they face a huge battle for survival.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 33Rodman
  • 25Ogogo
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forUpsonat 67'minutes
  • 7SercombeSubstituted forNicholsat 83'minutes
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 20ReillySubstituted forJakubiakat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Upson
  • 10Nichols
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 21Smith
  • 22Partington
  • 24Sinclair
  • 26Matthews

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'NienBooked at 23mins
  • 30DunneBooked at 70mins
  • 12Flanagan
  • 16JamesBooked at 49mins
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 6Cattermole
  • 14WatmoreSubstituted forMorganat 67'minutes
  • 10Honeyman
  • 19McGeadySubstituted forPowerat 83'minutes
  • 22GriggSubstituted forWykeat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Matthews
  • 5Ozturk
  • 8McGeouch
  • 9Wyke
  • 17Morgan
  • 25Ruiter
  • 27Power
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
10,009

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Sunderland 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Sunderland 2.

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by James Clarke.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Liam Sercombe.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Max Power replaces Aiden McGeady.

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Morgan (Sunderland).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Charlie Wyke replaces William Grigg.

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

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

Foul by Jimmy Dunne (Sunderland).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Lewis Morgan replaces Duncan Watmore.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ed Upson replaces Ollie Clarke.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Gavin Reilly.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Sunderland 2. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Hand ball by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Reece James (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Reece James (Sunderland).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton33218466283871
2Barnsley341910559283167
3Sunderland331714259322765
4Portsmouth341711655361962
5Charlton34178950341659
6Doncaster32159859401954
7Peterborough341410105246652
8Fleetwood34139124536948
9Blackpool33121293429548
10Coventry33137133637-146
11Burton341110134241143
12Wycombe341110134248-643
13Southend34125174445-141
14Plymouth34118154554-941
15Accrington321011113443-941
16Scunthorpe34118154158-1741
17Gillingham34116174557-1239
18Walsall34108163755-1838
19Shrewsbury33812133645-936
20Oxford Utd34812144152-1136
21Bristol Rovers33810153137-634
22Rochdale3497184272-3034
23Bradford3496193855-1733
24Wimbledon3485212853-2529
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