League One
Sunderland3Lincoln City1

Sunderland 3-1 Lincoln City

Sunderland's Lynden Gooch celebrates a goal
Lynden Gooch has scored seven goals in 20 appearances for Sunderland this season

Sunderland claimed their first home win since the start of November as three first-half goals secured a 3-1 victory over Lincoln in League One.

Phil Parkinson's side dominated from the off at the Stadium of Light and took a deserved lead in the 19th minute, with Tom Flanagan rising highest inside the six-yard box to head home Chris Maguire's corner.

Maguire troubled the Lincoln defence all afternoon and the Sunderland forward was heavily involved in his side's second goal four minutes later.

He closed down Lincoln goalkeeper Josh Vickers, who misguidedly attempted to play a square ball out of his own six-yard box. His attempted pass cannoned off Maguire, and Lynden Gooch outjumped Michael Bostwick to head home from close range.

Gooch was also responsible for Sunderland's third goal shortly before the half-hour mark, racing on to Jon McLaughlin's long clearance over the Lincoln defence before calmly slotting a low finish into the bottom right-hand corner.

The visitors failed to record a single effort on goal in the opening hour, but clawed a goal back midway through the second half.

Harry Anderson outmuscled Denver Hume in the area and drilled in a low shot that Tyler Walker turned home from close range.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 5Ozturk
  • 12Flanagan
  • 13O'NienBooked at 88mins
  • 18Dobson
  • 6Power
  • 33Hume
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forWatmoreat 64'minutes
  • 9Wyke
  • 11GoochSubstituted forLeadbitterat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 10McNulty
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 22Grigg
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 40Taylor

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 16BostwickSubstituted forBolgerat 38'minutes
  • 5Shackell
  • 3Toffolo
  • 26Anderson
  • 19Morrell
  • 18Grant
  • 10PayneSubstituted forAkindeat 45'minutes
  • 28HeskethBooked at 60minsSubstituted forElbouzediat 79'minutes
  • 17Walker

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Bolger
  • 12Chapman
  • 21Smith
  • 24Melbourne
  • 25Elbouzedi
  • 29Akinde
Referee:
Leigh Doughty
Attendance:
31,748

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 3, Lincoln City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Lincoln City 1.

Alim Ozturk (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyler Walker (Lincoln City).

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

Cian Bolger (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Grant Leadbitter replaces Lynden Gooch.

Offside, Lincoln City. John Akinde tries a through ball, but Tyler Walker is caught offside.

Booking

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

Hand ball by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Attempt blocked. Tyler Walker (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Akinde with a headed pass.

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

Foul by Cian Bolger (Lincoln City).

Attempt missed. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Zak Elbouzedi replaces Jake Hesketh.

Offside, Lincoln City. Neal Eardley tries a through ball, but John Akinde is caught offside.

Max Power (Sunderland) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by George Dobson.

Attempt saved. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Max Power with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jorge Grant.

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jorge Grant (Lincoln City).

Attempt missed. Cian Bolger (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jorge Grant with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

Attempt blocked. Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Shackell.

Foul by George Dobson (Sunderland).

Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 3, Lincoln City 1. Tyler Walker (Lincoln City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Anderson.

Hand ball by Alim Ozturk (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Chris Maguire.

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

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

Booking

Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jake Hesketh (Lincoln City).

Attempt saved. Tyler Walker (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Shackell.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 4th January 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe24128432221044
2Rotherham24125742251741
3Coventry23101033425940
4Oxford Utd23116641221939
5Ipswich23108533221138
6Peterborough24106844341036
7Fleetwood2210663729836
8Bristol Rovers2310673030036
9Sunderland239863124735
10Portsmouth239863428635
11Blackpool2481063228434
12Gillingham248972824433
13Burton239683230233
14Shrewsbury228862123-232
15Doncaster218763223931
16Lincoln City2493122931-230
17Accrington247893433129
18Rochdale2474132741-1425
19Wimbledon2466122936-724
20MK Dons2473142636-1024
21Tranmere2356122743-1621
22Southend2416172765-389
23Bolton2147101846-287
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