League One
SunderlandSunderland1PeterboroughPeterborough United0

Sunderland 1-0 Peterborough United

Grant Leadbitter's late penalty was enough to seal Sunderland a narrow League One victory over Peterborough to extend their unbeaten start.

The Black Cats made it seven points from nine to open the season courtesy of Leadbitter's first goal for the Black Cats since returning from Middlesbrough in January 2019.

The 34-year-old's 81st-minute penalty was driven low and hard inside goalkeeper Christy Pym's bottom-right corner having steadied himself while Posh players complained about the decision.

The visitors had the better of the game's early chances with Siriki Dembele and Jonson Clarke-Harris both forcing the home side's goalkeeper Lee Burge into saves.

But Sunderland settled and that took some of the sting out of a dangerous Peterborough attack before the break.

The nearest the Black Cats had come to scoring before then was when Luke O'Nien headed Denver Hume's cross over from 10 yards.

After the restart Sunderland, who went close through O'Nien and Charlie Wyke, enjoyed more of the possession but Peterborough had the best two chances.

Burge denied Jack Taylor from 20 yards before Louis Reed hammered the crossbar with a thunderous free-kick.

Then Hume was tripped by Jack Taylor with nine minutes left and Leadbitter did the rest to secure a Sunderland win.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1Burge
  • 4Willis
  • 5Wright
  • 3Flanagan
  • 13O'Nien
  • 14ScowenBooked at 6mins
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 33Hume
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forO'Brienat 39'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 9WykeSubstituted forGrahamat 71'minutes
  • 11GoochBooked at 84minsSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 10O'Brien
  • 18Graham
  • 19Xhemajli
  • 20Matthews
  • 21Diamond
  • 22Grigg

Peterborough

  • 1Pym
  • 4Thompson
  • 5Beevers
  • 6Kent
  • 11BroomSubstituted forWardat 71'minutes
  • 8Taylor
  • 14Reed
  • 3Butler
  • 15SzmodicsSubstituted forJade-Jonesat 86'minutes
  • 10Dembélé
  • 9Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 7Eisa
  • 12Brown
  • 13Gyollai
  • 17Jade-Jones
  • 22Hamilton
  • 23Ward
  • 24Mason
Referee:
Scott Oldham

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home18
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Peterborough United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Peterborough United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Thompson (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ward following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Louis Reed (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Conor McLaughlin replaces Lynden Gooch.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Danny Graham (Sunderland).

  8. Post update

    Jack Taylor (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Louis Reed.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. Ricky Jade-Jones replaces Sammie Szmodics.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

  15. Post update

    Siriki Dembélé (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Booking

    Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

  18. Post update

    Nathan Thompson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Goal! Sunderland 1, Peterborough United 0. Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Penalty Sunderland. Denver Hume draws a foul in the penalty area.