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Sunderland5Tranmere0

Sunderland 5-0 Tranmere Rovers

Phil Parkinson enjoyed a dream home debut as Sunderland manager as his side cruised to an emphatic 5-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.

Duncan Watmore got the ball rolling midway through the first half, racing on to Will Grigg's through ball before sweeping a low first-time finish into the corner of the net.

Sunderland doubled their lead two minutes later, when Chris Maguire cracked a direct free-kick past a motionless Scott Davies after George Ray hacked down Watmore on the edge of the area.

The third goal arrived six minutes before the interval, when Maguire released Watmore to cross from the right for Lynden Gooch to apply the finishing touch.

Tranmere's best chance came when Stefan Payne headed against the post from a corner at the start of the second half, but Sunderland extended their lead with seven minutes left.

Marc McNulty cut the ball back from the byline after his initial effort had been saved, and Grigg stabbed home from close range.

There was still time for Sunderland to claim a fifth goal in stoppage time, when Luke O'Nien powered home a diving header after Maguire swung over a free-kick from the flank.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 16Burge
  • 13O'Nien
  • 4Willis
  • 3Lynch
  • 33Hume
  • 18DobsonBooked at 10mins
  • 6Power
  • 14WatmoreSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 72'minutes
  • 7Maguire
  • 11GoochSubstituted forMcNultyat 54'minutes
  • 22GriggSubstituted forMbunga-Kimpiokaat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 8McGeouch
  • 10McNulty
  • 12Flanagan
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 31Mbunga-Kimpioka

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 5RayBooked at 25mins
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 7Morris
  • 35Danns
  • 17Perkins
  • 11Jennings
  • 45PayneBooked at 40mins
  • 9MullinSubstituted forHepburn-Murphyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nelson
  • 18Hepburn-Murphy
  • 22Wilson
  • 24Maddox
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Walker-Rice
  • 33Borthwick-Jackson
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
28,551

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 5, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 5, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Sunderland).

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 5, Tranmere Rovers 0. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka replaces William Grigg.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by David Perkins.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 4, Tranmere Rovers 0. William Grigg (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Marc McNulty (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke O'Nien.

Foul by Jordan Willis (Sunderland).

Stefan Payne (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Connor Jennings.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Paul Mullin.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Conor McLaughlin replaces Duncan Watmore.

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by William Grigg with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc McNulty.

George Dobson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

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

Foul by Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Marc McNulty (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Max Power.

Attempt saved. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Payne.

Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh with a cross.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Chris Maguire.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Duncan Watmore.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Marc McNulty replaces Lynden Gooch because of an injury.

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Ipswich128312171427
2Wycombe147612314927
3Peterborough1373330161424
4Fleetwood127232415923
5Oxford Utd1464429181122
6Doncaster136432214822
7Sunderland136432115622
8Blackpool145631816221
9Coventry135621615121
10Bristol Rovers146351516-121
11Rochdale145451922-319
12Rotherham125341912718
13Burton125341613318
14Shrewsbury134631114-318
15Lincoln City155281720-317
16Portsmouth124441312116
17Gillingham143651917215
18Accrington133551721-414
19MK Dons144191221-913
20Tranmere143471727-1013
21Wimbledon153391925-612
22Southend1412111540-255
23Bolton12147528-23-5
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