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Sunderland 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

Lee Cattermole and George Honeyman were on target as Sunderland kept up their pursuit of automatic promotion from League One with a win over Plymouth.

With Barnsley having beaten Southend in the lunchtime game, Sunderland kicked off knowing they could ill afford to lose any ground on the two teams above them.

Celtic loanee Lewis Morgan began brightly down the right, seeing an early shot deflected over and failing to find the target for a second time midway through the first half, and Plymouth goalkeeper Kyle Letheren was called into action for the first time when Jimmy Dunne headed Grant Leadbitter's corner into his midriff.

Letheren was tested again shortly after, turning Aiden McGeady's low effort around the post, but the visiting shot-stopper could do nothing as Cattermole broke the deadlock shortly after the half-hour mark.

Morgan's low cross was deflected into Cattermole's path, and the midfielder fired home from the centre of the penalty area.

Plymouth failed to create anything in the first half, but the visitors thought they should have had a penalty after the interval when Tom Flanagan appeared to block Gary Sawyer's shot with his arm.

However, the game was settled with three minutes left as Honeyman swept home McGeady's left-wing cross.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 30DunneBooked at 50mins
  • 12Flanagan
  • 16James
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 6Cattermole
  • 17MorganSubstituted forWatmoreat 67'minutes
  • 10Honeyman
  • 19McGeadySubstituted forGoochat 90+1'minutes
  • 22GriggSubstituted forWykeat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Matthews
  • 5Ozturk
  • 9Wyke
  • 11Gooch
  • 14Watmore
  • 25Ruiter
  • 27Power

Plymouth

  • 21LetherenSubstituted forMaceyat 80'minutes
  • 26ThrelkeldSubstituted forTaylorat 70'minutes
  • 5Edwards
  • 14CanavanBooked at 90mins
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4Songo'o
  • 8Fox
  • 23Smith-Brown
  • 11LameirasSubstituted forAndersonat 80'minutes
  • 10Carey
  • 19Ladapo

Substitutes

  • 1Macey
  • 2Riley
  • 6Ness
  • 9Taylor
  • 13Anderson
  • 20Jones
  • 25Wootton
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
32,360

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Booking

Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle).

Matt Macey (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Lynden Gooch replaces Aiden McGeady.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Charlie Wyke replaces William Grigg.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 2, Plymouth Argyle 0. George Honeyman (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by William Grigg.

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Paul Anderson replaces Ruben Lameiras.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Matt Macey replaces Kyle Letheren because of an injury.

Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland).

William Grigg (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle).

William Grigg (Sunderland) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box.

William Grigg (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ruben Lameiras.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Taylor replaces Oscar Threlkeld.

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

Foul by Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Lewis Morgan.

Attempt missed. Ashley Smith-Brown (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Reece James.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Jimmy Dunne.

Attempt blocked. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

William Grigg (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by William Grigg (Sunderland).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton35229469294075
2Barnsley352010562283470
3Sunderland341814261322968
4Portsmouth351811660372365
5Charlton35179951351660
6Doncaster341510960431755
7Peterborough351510105648855
8Coventry35148133838050
9Fleetwood351310124637949
10Blackpool341212103433148
11Burton351111134241144
12Wycombe351110144452-843
13Southend35125184448-441
14Accrington331011123444-1041
15Plymouth35118164556-1141
16Scunthorpe35118164260-1841
17Shrewsbury35913133845-740
18Gillingham35117174658-1240
19Oxford Utd35912144353-1039
20Walsall35109163755-1839
21Bristol Rovers34910153537-237
22Rochdale3597194274-3234
23Bradford3596203960-2133
24Wimbledon3586212853-2530
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