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Gillingham 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland scored twice in the final six minutes to earn a tempestuous 2-0 victory over 10-man Gillingham, who themselves missed a penalty in their League One match at Priestfield.

Black Cats keeper Lee Burge saved Jordan Graham's second-half penalty before substitute Chris Maguire scored from the spot and Lyndon Gooch wrapped up the win in added time.

The Gills, who saw manager Steve Evans booked for his reaction to the penalty decision, slumped to a fifth-consecutive league defeat for the first time since February 2012.

Sunderland thought they had taken the lead on 26 minutes but Luke O'Nien's diving header from Josh Scowen's free-kick was disallowed for offside.

The game turned when former Gills loanee Tom Flanagan clumsily bundled Ryan Jackson over, Burge parried Jordan Graham's penalty and Dominic Samuel somehow fired the rebound over.

Gillingham midfielder Alex MacDonald was then dismissed for an horrendous tackle on O'Nien on the hour.

Charlie Wyke forced Gills' debutant goalkeeper Joe Lumley - signed on an emergency loan from QPR on Friday - into a stunning fingertip save, before the visitors opened the scoring.

Zech Medley fouled Wyke inside the penalty area and Maguire coolly sent Lumley the wrong way for Sunderland's opener.

Gooch wrapped up his side's success in the fifth minute of stoppage time with a solo goal on the counter-attack.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Gillingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Lumley
  • 2JacksonBooked at 40mins
  • 5Tucker
  • 3Ogilvie
  • 6Medley
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forCoyleat 87'minutes
  • 14McKenzie
  • 8Dempsey
  • 16MacDonaldBooked at 61mins
  • 9SamuelSubstituted forRobertsonat 66'minutes
  • 19OliverSubstituted forAkindeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Willock
  • 11Coyle
  • 12Walsh
  • 15Akinde
  • 20Robertson
  • 26Maghoma
  • 35Drysdale

Sunderland

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Burge
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 5Wright
  • 3Flanagan
  • 13O'Nien
  • 14ScowenSubstituted forMaguireat 80'minutes
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 11GoochBooked at 23mins
  • 33Hume
  • 10O'BrienSubstituted forGrahamat 70'minutes
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 6Power
  • 7Maguire
  • 16Sanderson
  • 18Graham
  • 20Matthews
  • 21Diamond
  • 22Grigg
Referee:
Sam Purkiss

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 0, Sunderland 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Sunderland 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 0, Sunderland 2. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Maguire following a fast break.

  6. Post update

    Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John Akinde (Gillingham).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Trae Coyle replaces Jordan Graham.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Denver Hume.

  10. Post update

    Goal! Gillingham 0, Sunderland 1. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Penalty Sunderland. Charlie Wyke draws a foul in the penalty area.

  12. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Zech Medley (Gillingham) after a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Luke O'Nien with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Chris Maguire replaces Josh Scowen.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by John Akinde (Gillingham).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Flanagan.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joe Lumley.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough107121991022
2Ipswich10712167922
3Lincoln City10712146822
4Hull10703169721
5Charlton9612115619
6Sunderland9531126618
7Portsmouth10523169717
8Doncaster9513169716
9Fleetwood10514138516
10Plymouth94321311215
11Wimbledon103431212013
12Accrington7403910-112
13Bristol Rovers93331013-312
14Rochdale103341015-512
15Crewe931588010
16Blackpool10316914-510
17Gillingham10316915-610
18Northampton103161020-1010
19MK Dons102351113-29
20Swindon83051114-39
21Wigan10217817-97
22Shrewsbury9135613-76
23Burton101361220-86
24Oxford Utd8206816-86
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