League One
Lincoln City2Sunderland0

Lincoln City 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland boss Jack Ross
Sunderland reached the League One play-offs last season under boss Jack Ross

Tyler Walker scored a brace - and missed a penalty - as Lincoln claimed a home victory over Sunderland to pile the pressure back on Black Cats boss Jack Ross.

The Imps produced a magnificent performance against the Sky Bet League One promotion favourites to secure the first win under recently-appointed manager Michael Appleton.

Walker gave the Imps a deserved lead after 17 minutes. Given their superiority, Appleton's side could have been further ahead at the break.

The Black Cats had just an effort from Laurens De Bock - brilliantly saved by Lincoln goalkeeper Josh Vickers - to show for their efforts in the first half.

Walker had the chance to double his tally after 54 minutes when Bruno Andrade was hauled down in the penalty box by De Bock, but Walker's spot-kick struck the inside of the post.

However, the rampant Imps continued to pile forward and they did double their lead just before the hour mark when Walker turned home Andrade's pinpoint cross from the right.

Soon after, many of the 1,800 travelling fans began heading for the exits while the visiting supporters left in the ground greeted the final whistle with boos.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 6Bolger
  • 5ShackellBooked at 28mins
  • 3Toffolo
  • 4O'ConnorSubstituted forConnollyat 76'minutes
  • 19MorrellBooked at 71mins
  • 11Carvalho AndradeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHeskethat 82'minutes
  • 10Payne
  • 18Grant
  • 17Walker

Substitutes

  • 12Chapman
  • 20Connolly
  • 21Smith
  • 24Melbourne
  • 26Anderson
  • 28Hesketh
  • 29Akinde

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 42mins
  • 4Willis
  • 3LynchBooked at 26mins
  • 28De BockSubstituted forGriggat 65'minutes
  • 8McGeouch
  • 6Power
  • 7MaguireBooked at 12minsSubstituted forMcNultyat 54'minutes
  • 13O'Nien
  • 11GoochSubstituted forMcGeadyat 53'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9WykeBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 10McNulty
  • 12Flanagan
  • 16Burge
  • 18Dobson
  • 19McGeady
  • 22Grigg
  • 23Leadbitter
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
10,264

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Sunderland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Sunderland 0.

Booking

Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

Joe Morrell (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland).

Jack Payne (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City).

Attempt saved. Jordan Willis (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

Booking

Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Callum Connolly (Lincoln City).

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aiden McGeady following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Cian Bolger (Lincoln City).

Foul by William Grigg (Sunderland).

Jason Shackell (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jake Hesketh replaces Bruno Andrade.

Foul by William Grigg (Sunderland).

Jack Payne (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Cian Bolger (Lincoln City).

Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Eardley (Lincoln City).

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

Jack Payne (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Callum Connolly replaces Michael O'Connor because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Joe Morrell (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marc McNulty (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Morrell (Lincoln City).

Attempt saved. Jack Payne (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Morrell.

Foul by William Grigg (Sunderland).

Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Jorge Grant (Lincoln City).

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich118302151627
2Wycombe126512113823
3Fleetwood116232014620
4Coventry115511614220
5Blackpool115421613319
6Sunderland115421614219
7Peterborough1153326151118
8Bristol Rovers115331412218
9Oxford Utd124442417716
10Doncaster104421310316
11Lincoln City125161717016
12Shrewsbury114431013-316
13Rotherham10433169715
14Burton10433149515
15Gillingham113441714313
16Portsmouth93331211112
17MK Dons114071218-612
18Accrington112541419-511
19Rochdale112451220-810
20Tranmere112361521-69
21Wimbledon121381423-96
22Southend111191228-164
23Bolton9036225-23-9
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