League One
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Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland moved into the League One play-off places after Lynden Gooch's stunning strike sealed victory at MK Dons.

Phil Parkinson's men were backed by more than 3,000 travelling supporters at Stadium MK, and dominated large periods of the game before Gooch netted his second goal in three games 11 minutes from time.

The visitors should have taken an early lead when Luke O'Nien's pass across the Dons' six-yard box found defender Alim Ozturk, who fluffed his lines and bundled wide.

The hosts twice cleared off the line just after the break when Gooch's goalbound effort was blocked by Callum Brittain, before George Williams headed away Charlie Wyke's follow up.

Dons keeper Lee Nicholls pulled off a superb save moments later to keep out Chris Maguire's free-kick which looked set for the top corner, as the visitors continued to look dangerous.

Sunderland found the winner when Gooch picked the ball up on the edge of the Dons box, and fired an emphatic left-footed strike into the top corner, as Parkinson's men picked up a third successive league win.

Reports supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25Brittain
  • 2Williams
  • 4Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 18McGrandlesSubstituted forGladwinat 73'minutes
  • 24Houghton
  • 29KasumuBooked at 18minsSubstituted forThompsonat 64'minutes
  • 20Mason
  • 23MorrisSubstituted forNombeat 82'minutes
  • 10HealeyBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 5Poole
  • 6Cargill
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 17Gladwin
  • 19Thompson
  • 22Moore
  • 27Nombe

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 5OzturkBooked at 68mins
  • 3Lynch
  • 13O'Nien
  • 18DobsonBooked at 26mins
  • 6Power
  • 33Hume
  • 7MaguireBooked at 90mins
  • 9WykeSubstituted forLaffertyat 77'minutes
  • 11GoochBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 8Lafferty
  • 10McNulty
  • 12Flanagan
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 23Leadbitter
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
13,327

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 0, Sunderland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Sunderland 1.

Attempt missed. George Williams (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Lewington with a cross.

Booking

Chris Maguire (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Louis Thompson (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

Joe Mason (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Denver Hume (Sunderland).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Denver Hume.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

Booking

Rhys Healey (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rhys Healey (MK Dons).

Jordan Willis (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rhys Healey (MK Dons).

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

Attempt missed. Alim Ozturk (Sunderland) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Luke O'Nien following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Lafferty (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Foul by George Williams (MK Dons).

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

Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Gladwin with a cross following a corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by George Dobson.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Sam Nombe replaces Carlton Morris.

Booking

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 0, Sunderland 1. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Max Power.

Foul by Ben Gladwin (MK Dons).

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

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Kyle Lafferty replaces Charlie Wyke.

Foul by Carlton Morris (MK Dons).

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Gladwin replaces Conor McGrandles.

Attempt blocked. Louis Thompson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

Carlton Morris (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Hand ball by Joel Lynch (Sunderland).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Carlton Morris.

Booking

Alim Ozturk (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Louis Thompson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham26145748262247
2Wycombe2613853427747
3Ipswich26129539241545
4Coventry251111336261044
5Oxford Utd26118743261741
6Sunderland25118636241241
7Portsmouth2511863729841
8Burton2511683430439
9Doncaster24107736241237
10Peterborough2610794435937
11Fleetwood2410773932737
12Lincoln City27114123633337
13Bristol Rovers2510693035-536
14Gillingham2681172925435
15Blackpool2581073229334
16Shrewsbury2581072428-434
17Accrington2678113639-329
18Rochdale2684143043-1328
19Wimbledon2676133138-727
20MK Dons2774162739-1225
21Tranmere2557132845-1722
22Southend2627172966-3713
23Bolton2447131954-357
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