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Sunderland 2-1 Walsall

Will Grigg boosted Sunderland's promotion hopes by scoring the winner in a come-from-behind victory over relegation-threatened Walsall.

The Saddlers, who slipped into the bottom four, took an early lead through Josh Gordon but Lee Cattermole equalised before Grigg struck with 19 minutes left at the Stadium of Light.

Victory saw the Black Cats close the gap on second-placed Barnsley to two points, with the Wearside club having a game in hand.

Walsall struck in the fourth minute when Gordon flicked in a George Dobson free-kick.

But Cattermole's 33rd-minute back-post volley found its way to the net after hitting the frame of the goal and bodies on the line.

That goal sparked Sunderland, who created the better of the chances from then on.

Grigg, Grant Leadbitter and Max Power all had fantastic opportunities to put the home side ahead before the winner arrived.

Just seconds after Charlie Wyke was introduced, his first touch was to lay the ball off for Grigg, who took a touch before finding the inside of goalkeeper Liam Roberts' bottom left corner to score his third goal for the club.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Baldwin
  • 2MatthewsSubstituted forHumeat 67'minutes
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 49minsSubstituted forGoochat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23LeadbitterBooked at 35mins
  • 17MorganSubstituted forWykeat 71'minutes
  • 27Power
  • 19McGeady
  • 22Grigg

Substitutes

  • 8McGeouch
  • 9Wyke
  • 11Gooch
  • 25Ruiter
  • 26Sterling
  • 30Dunne
  • 33Hume

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 35Scarr
  • 5GuthrieBooked at 38mins
  • 3Leahy
  • 15Kinsella
  • 4Dobson
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forOtehat 88'minutes
  • 38Blackett-TaylorSubstituted forCookat 73'minutes
  • 29GordonBooked at 56mins
  • 10Ismail

Substitutes

  • 9Cook
  • 13Dunn
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 28Norman
  • 30Osbourne
  • 34Laird
  • 36Oteh
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
34,647

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 2, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Walsall 1.

Booking

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Andy Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by William Grigg (Sunderland).

George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Aramide Oteh replaces Joe Edwards.

Delay in match Dan Scarr (Walsall) because of an injury.

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denver Hume (Sunderland).

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Foul by Denver Hume (Sunderland).

Zeli Ismail (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Sunderland).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jack Baldwin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Andy Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andy Cook replaces Corey Taylor.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 2, Walsall 1. William Grigg (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Wyke.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Charlie Wyke replaces Lewis Morgan.

Foul by Denver Hume (Sunderland).

Zeli Ismail (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Denver Hume replaces Adam Matthews.

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Corey Taylor (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Lynden Gooch replaces Lee Cattermole.

Lewis Morgan (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Corey Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton382311472314180
2Barnsley382112564283675
3Sunderland371916264343073
4Portsmouth382011766412571
5Charlton381910955371867
6Doncaster3715121061461557
7Coventry38168144342156
8Peterborough381510135854455
9Blackpool381314113940-153
10Fleetwood381410144941852
11Burton381311144844450
12Plymouth38129174759-1245
13Bristol Rovers371111153737044
14Wycombe381111164758-1144
15Accrington361111143849-1144
16Gillingham38128184961-1244
17Scunthorpe38128184664-1844
18Shrewsbury381013154250-843
19Oxford Utd381013154454-1043
20Southend38126204755-842
21Walsall38119184260-1842
22Wimbledon38116213253-2139
23Rochdale37108194475-3138
24Bradford38106224263-2136
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