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Sunderland 2-1 Portsmouth

Sunderland got their first League One win of the season and inflicted a second defeat on Portsmouth.

There was little to choose between the sides, fourth and fifth last term, in their five meetings in 2019-20, and this game at the Stadium of Light was no different.

It looked significant, therefore, when summer signing Marcus Harness made the most of Max Power's sloppy pass to put Portsmouth in front after 22 minutes.

It was the third time Sunderland had gone 1-0 down in as many league games this season - and the other two finished 1-1.

Importantly for the Black Cats, watched by a crowd of 29,140, they levelled just five minutes later, Jordan Willis heading in a Grant Leadbitter corner.

The hosts were ahead when Chris Maguire tapped in after good work on the left by Marc McNulty and Aiden McGeady after 39 minutes.

The hosts held on in the second half, thanks in no small part to an excellent save from Jon McLaughlin to keep out a diving header from his own midfielder Leadbitter.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Willis
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 6Power
  • 11Gooch
  • 7MaguireBooked at 86minsSubstituted forHumeat 87'minutes
  • 19McGeadyBooked at 79minsSubstituted forGriggat 81'minutes
  • 10McNultySubstituted forWykeat 49'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8McGeouch
  • 9Wyke
  • 12Flanagan
  • 16Burge
  • 18Dobson
  • 22Grigg
  • 33Hume

Portsmouth

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 2WalkesSubstituted forMcCrorieat 73'minutes
  • 5Downing
  • 6BurgessBooked at 76mins
  • 3Brown
  • 33Close
  • 4Naylor
  • 14CannonSubstituted forEvansat 63'minutes
  • 19Harness
  • 10Marquis
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forHarrisonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Pitman
  • 15McCrorie
  • 20Raggett
  • 22Harrison
  • 26Evans
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
29,140

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 2, Portsmouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Portsmouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

  4. Post update

    Jordan Willis (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Denver Hume replaces Chris Maguire.

  6. Booking

    Chris Maguire (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Ross McCrorie (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

  9. Post update

    John Marquis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth).

  12. Post update

    Jordan Willis (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. William Grigg replaces Aiden McGeady.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

  15. Post update

    Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Max Power.

  18. Booking

    Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Ross McCrorie (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Aiden McGeady (Sunderland).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City33008089
2Blackpool33007259
3Wycombe32105237
4Coventry32103037
5Fleetwood32017526
6Rotherham32013306
7Doncaster31205415
8Ipswich31204315
9Sunderland31204315
10Rochdale31204315
11Oxford Utd31113304
12Shrewsbury31111104
13Tranmere31027523
14MK Dons21013303
15Portsmouth31023303
16Burton310223-13
17Gillingham201123-11
18Wimbledon301235-21
19Accrington201113-21
20Peterborough301236-31
21Bristol Rovers301204-41
22Southend300318-70
23Bolton301207-7-11
24Bury0000000-12
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