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Sunderland 2-0 Doncaster Rovers

Sunderland celebrate Charlie Wyke's goal
Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke (right) has now scored three times in his past four games

Sunderland kept up their pursuit of an automatic promotion place from League One with victory over play-off hopefuls Doncaster.

Wins for promotion rivals Barnsley and Portsmouth had put the pressure on the Black Cats but they responded with a confident display at a raucous Stadium of Light.

Lewis Morgan gave Sunderland the perfect start when he fired them into an early lead from 15 yards after Charlie Wyke headed Aiden McGeady's cross into his path.

And Wyke tapped in a simple second from close range when defender Jimmy Dunne beat Rovers keeper Marco Marosi to Max Power's cross and flicked the ball goalwards.

Danny Andrew hit the post with a free-kick with the final kick of the first half as Doncaster threatened.

But Sunderland, who have not lost in the league after scoring first this season, continued to have the better of the game after the break and went close to extending their lead.

Bryan Oviedo hit the post with a low drive after bursting forward from left-back, while Marosi pushed away shots from Wyke and substitute Will Grigg.

Doncaster appealed in vain for a penalty when Andy Butler appeared to be wrestled to the ground by Dunne but Sunderland saw the game out in relative comfort.

Sunderland remain third in the table, ahead of Portsmouth - who they face on 27 April - on goal difference, with both sides two points behind Barnsley with a game in hand.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 5Ozturk
  • 30Dunne
  • 3Oviedo
  • 27PowerSubstituted forLeadbitterat 89'minutes
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 67mins
  • 17Morgan
  • 10Honeyman
  • 19McGeadySubstituted forGoochat 75'minutes
  • 9WykeSubstituted forGriggat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 11Gooch
  • 12Flanagan
  • 22Grigg
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 25Ruiter
  • 33Hume

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 31Downing
  • 6Butler
  • 3AndrewBooked at 87mins
  • 15Kane
  • 8WhitemanSubstituted forCrawfordat 45'minutes
  • 10Rowe
  • 7WilksSubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forMayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Crawford
  • 12Anderson
  • 18Smith
  • 19May
  • 22Sadlier
  • 33Jones
  • 44Lewis
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
34,287

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt saved. William Grigg (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland).

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Grant Leadbitter replaces Max Power.

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

Foul by Tyler Smith (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Max Power (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Andrew (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces Mallik Wilks.

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

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Morgan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. William Grigg replaces Charlie Wyke.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Lynden Gooch replaces Aiden McGeady.

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

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Bryan Oviedo.

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

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers).

Jimmy Dunne (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley432413674363885
3Sunderland422217376413583
4Portsmouth422411777453283
5Charlton4323101063402379
6Doncaster4319121271541769
7Peterborough421811136455965
8Coventry431810155249364
9Burton4316121561501160
10Blackpool431417124746159
11Fleetwood421512155548757
12Oxford Utd431414155257-556
13Gillingham43149205769-1251
14Bristol Rovers431214174548-350
15Shrewsbury431214174855-750
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Rochdale43139215283-3148
18Wycombe431211205265-1347
19Plymouth431211205270-1847
20Scunthorpe431210214973-2446
21Wimbledon43129223860-2245
22Southend43128235064-1444
23Walsall431110224670-2443
24Bradford43106274574-2936
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