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Sunderland 0-0 Doncaster Rovers: Black Cats held to stalemate

Brad Halliday of Doncaster takes on Charlie Wyke of Sunderland
After losing four of Phil Parkinson's first seven league matches in charge, Sunderland are now unbeaten in eight League One games

Sunderland missed the chance to move to within three points of League One's automatic promotion places as they were held to a goalless draw by Doncaster.

After a poor first half, Rovers forward Madger Gomes had a shot saved by Black Cats keeper Jon McLaughlin before Jon Taylor headed the rebound wide.

Visiting keeper Seny Dieng was called into action in second half injury-time, saving two efforts from Duncan Watmore.

The draw moves Sunderland up to fifth, five points behind Wycombe in second.

Neither side mustered an effort on target in the first half, with Sunderland defender Joel Lynch sending a near-post header from a corner into the side-netting and Tom Anderson putting a header wide of the post at the other end.

Doncaster forward Niall Ennis blazed over the Sunderland bar from the edge of the area shortly after the restart as the game sprung into life.

The hosts then started to threaten, with Chris Maguire volleying over from eight yards out and Charlie Wyke having a close-range effort brilliantly blocked by Anderson.

On-loan QPR man Dieng comfortably gathered Watmore's glancing header and then scrambled a snap-shot from the substitute behind in the closing seconds, with Phil Parkinson's men finishing the stronger side.

The draw extends Sunderland's unbeaten run to eight league matches, while a point leaves Doncaster three points off the play-off places ahead of Saturday's fixtures.

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 5OzturkBooked at 73mins
  • 3Lynch
  • 13O'Nien
  • 18Dobson
  • 6Power
  • 33Hume
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forWatmoreat 72'minutes
  • 9WykeBooked at 42minsSubstituted forLaffertyat 72'minutes
  • 11Gooch

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 8Lafferty
  • 10McNulty
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 26Wright

Doncaster

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Dieng
  • 2HallidayBooked at 66mins
  • 5Wright
  • 4Anderson
  • 32John
  • 8Whiteman
  • 6Sheaf
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forCoppingerat 83'minutes
  • 12Gomes
  • 3JamesSubstituted forBlairat 75'minutes
  • 31EnnisSubstituted forWattersat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lawlor
  • 16Amos
  • 17Blair
  • 22Watters
  • 26Coppinger
  • 27Greaves
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
30,251

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Seny Timothy Dieng.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Kyle Lafferty (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke O'Nien.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Max Watters replaces Niall Ennis.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Matty Blair.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. James Coppinger replaces Jon Taylor.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Matty Blair replaces Reece James because of an injury.

  15. Booking

    Alim Ozturk (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Chris Maguire.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Kyle Lafferty replaces Charlie Wyke.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ben Sheaf (Doncaster Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham26145748262247
2Wycombe2713863431347
3Ipswich26129539241545
4Coventry251111336261044
5Sunderland26119636241242
6Oxford Utd26118743261741
7Portsmouth2511863729841
8Peterborough27117948351340
9Burton2511683430439
10Doncaster25108736241238
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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