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Sunderland 3-0 Rochdale

Sunderland maintained their push for automatic promotion as three first-half goals secured an authoritative victory over Rochdale.

The Black Cats' weekend win over Ipswich had lifted them back into the play-off positions, and Phil Parkinson's side picked up where they had left off four days earlier as they scored three goals in the opening 32 minutes.

Chris Maguire had a hand in all three, with the first coming courtesy of a wonderful whipped cross from the right-hand side. Lynden Gooch broke into the area to meet it, and stretched out a foot to direct a first-time effort past Robert Sanchez.

Five minutes later, and Maguire was delivering another telling cross from the right. Rochdale defender Eoghan O'Connell attempted to hook clear, but only succeeded in shanking the ball over his team-mates and into the corner of the net.

The visitors were unable to cope with Maguire's marauding runs down the right, and when the forward cut the ball back into the area shortly after the half-hour mark, Sunderland claimed a third. Luke O'Nien's initial low effort was saved, but Gooch was hand to slam home the rebound.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Willis
  • 26Wright
  • 12Flanagan
  • 13O'Nien
  • 18Dobson
  • 6Power
  • 33Hume
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forSemenyoat 72'minutes
  • 9WykeSubstituted forLaffertyat 85'minutes
  • 11GoochSubstituted forWatmoreat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 5Ozturk
  • 8Lafferty
  • 14Watmore
  • 16Burge
  • 28Scowen
  • 42Semenyo

Rochdale

  • 25Sánchez
  • 41Matheson
  • 6O'Connell
  • 4McNulty
  • 3Norrington-DaviesSubstituted forKeohaneat 40'minutes
  • 21Lund
  • 20Ryan
  • 28MorleySubstituted forWilbrahamat 51'minutes
  • 7Dooley
  • 40HendersonBooked at 24mins
  • 16DoneSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 8Williams
  • 11Smith
  • 12Lynch
  • 13Keohane
  • 15McShane
  • 18Wilbraham
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
27,401

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 3, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Rochdale 0.

Offside, Rochdale. Jimmy Ryan tries a through ball, but Ian Henderson is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke O'Nien.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Kyle Lafferty replaces Charlie Wyke.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Robert Sánchez.

Attempt saved. Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Wyke.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham with a headed pass.

Offside, Sunderland. Tom Flanagan tries a through ball, but Denver Hume is caught offside.

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

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Lynden Gooch.

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antoine Semenyo (Sunderland).

Luke Matheson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Antoine Semenyo replaces Chris Maguire.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Stephen Dooley.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Ryan McLaughlin replaces Matt Done.

Offside, Rochdale. Matthew Lund tries a through ball, but Ian Henderson is caught offside.

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

Foul by Stephen Dooley (Rochdale).

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Stephen Dooley (Rochdale).

Offside, Sunderland. Denver Hume tries a through ball, but Luke O'Nien is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jimmy Ryan (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Matheson.

Denver Hume (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

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

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale).

Foul by Charlie Wyke (Sunderland).

Robert Sánchez (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jimmy Keohane.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Aaron Morley.

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

Foul by Stephen Dooley (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham30175854302456
2Peterborough32167964372755
3Coventry291412341281354
4Wycombe3115883936353
5Sunderland30149741261551
6Portsmouth29148743301350
7Ipswich311310841301149
8Doncaster30139846291748
9Fleetwood29139744341048
10Oxford Utd29129847331445
11Gillingham30101373629743
12Burton30111094138343
13Bristol Rovers30109113341-839
14Lincoln City32115163840-238
15Blackpool29910103837137
16Accrington3099124143-236
17Shrewsbury29811102534-935
18MK Dons3196163342-933
19Rochdale3196163551-1633
20Wimbledon3078153544-929
21Tranmere3058172853-2523
22Southend3037203376-4316
23Bolton2858152459-3511
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