League One
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Sunderland 1-0 Southend United

Luke O'Nien's first-half header earned Sunderland a League One win over a spirited Southend.

Phil Parkinson's side were looking to bounce back from their midweek Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Oxford and claimed the lead midway through the opening period.

Denver Hume crossed from the left and having been selected as an attacking midfielder rather than a right-back, O'Nien arrowed a fine diving header into the bottom right-hand corner.

Will Grigg glanced a first-half header wide but Southend thought they should have had a penalty before the interval when Simon Cox's shot appeared to strike Max Power on the arm. Referee Trevor Kettle was at least partially unsighted and waved play on.

Sunderland continued to dominate after the interval and Aiden McGeady came close to doubling his side's lead when he fired in a low strike that Nathan Bishop tipped around the post.

Southend's best chance of an equaliser came with 13 minutes left but after finding himself in space after Joel Lynch's attempt at a clearance cannoned off a team-mate, Tom Hopper could only fire over the bar.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 84mins
  • 4Willis
  • 3Lynch
  • 33Hume
  • 18Dobson
  • 6Power
  • 13O'NienBooked at 90mins
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forWatmoreat 62'minutes
  • 19McGeadySubstituted forLeadbitterat 86'minutes
  • 22GriggSubstituted forMcNultyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8McGeouch
  • 10McNulty
  • 12Flanagan
  • 14Watmore
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 31Mbunga-Kimpioka
  • 43Patterson

Southend

  • 13Bishop
  • 19Shaughnessy
  • 8Dieng
  • 26Lennon
  • 2Bwomono
  • 5MilliganSubstituted forHyamat 78'minutes
  • 36Hutchinson
  • 3Ralph
  • 14GoodshipSubstituted forAcquahat 64'minutes
  • 10Cox
  • 9HopperBooked at 73minsSubstituted forRushat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Oxley
  • 4Hyam
  • 17Ndukwu
  • 24Demetriou
  • 30Taylor
  • 32Acquah
  • 41Rush
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
30,407

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 1, Southend United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Southend United 0.

George Dobson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Southend United).

Foul by Jordan Willis (Sunderland).

Simon Cox (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Marc McNulty (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).

Booking

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Emile Acquah (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Grant Leadbitter replaces Aiden McGeady.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland).

Matt Rush (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Nathan Ralph (Southend United).

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

Foul by Emile Acquah (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Denver Hume.

Attempt blocked. Timothee Dieng (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland).

Matt Rush (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Matt Rush replaces Tom Hopper.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Luke Hyam replaces Mark Milligan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Marc McNulty replaces William Grigg.

Attempt missed. Tom Hopper (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

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

Booking

Tom Hopper (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Tom Hopper (Southend United).

Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin.

Attempt saved. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Duncan Watmore.

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

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (Southend United).

Foul by Denver Hume (Sunderland).

Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe1696125141133
2Ipswich1493224101430
3Peterborough1684439221728
4Oxford Utd1675433191426
5Fleetwood158252719826
6Coventry166822018226
7Sunderland157442216625
8Blackpool166732219325
9Bristol Rovers167451919025
10Rotherham1573524131124
11Doncaster146532416823
12Shrewsbury155641215-321
13Burton145541815320
14Rochdale165472027-719
15Portsmouth144641615118
16Gillingham164662020018
17Lincoln City165381821-318
18Tranmere154472028-816
19Accrington163671726-915
20Wimbledon163492026-613
21MK Dons1641111325-1213
22Southend1612131644-285
23Bolton13247729-22-2
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