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Accrington Stanley 0-2 Sunderland

Ross Stewart scored on his debut to boost Sunderland's promotion chances in a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

The striker signed from Ross County in January in a £300,000 deal but had been injured since.

However, his 62nd-minute looping header gave the Black Cats the lead before Charlie Wyke made it safe in the 86th minute.

The win took the Sunderland's run to 10 games unbeaten in all competitions and moved them up to third place, after winning the Papa John's Trophy on Sunday.

There was not a lot in it in the first half, although Stanley's Toby Savin was the busier goalkeeper.

He had to push away Jack Diamond's strike and also superbly tipped over a header from his own player Dion Charles.

Stanley's best chance fell to Paul Smyth on 33 minutes, who only had Lee Burge to beat but fired wide.

Lee Johnson put on striker Stewart at the break and he made an impact when Lynden Gooch's ball into the area found the head of the tall striker and the ball looped into the top corner.

Sunderland made it safe when Max Power's corner was headed home by Wyke for his 27th goal of the season.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Accrington

Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Savin
  • 2NottinghamBooked at 20mins
  • 3Hughes
  • 4Burgess
  • 18Rodgers
  • 36PhillipsSubstituted forRussellat 79'minutes
  • 16Barclay
  • 37MorganSubstituted forButcherat 79'minutes
  • 11McConville
  • 7SmythBooked at 53mins
  • 32Charles

Substitutes

  • 6Butcher
  • 8Russell
  • 12Maguire
  • 20Scully
  • 22Martin
  • 26Mansell
  • 30Isherwood

Sunderland

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Burge
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 16Sanderson
  • 13O'Nien
  • 30VokinsSubstituted forMcFadzeanat 88'minutes
  • 11GoochBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLeadbitterat 85'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 26Winchester
  • 28McGeadyBooked at 58minsSubstituted forScowenat 69'minutes
  • 21DiamondSubstituted forStewartat 45'minutes
  • 9WykeSubstituted forMaguireat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 14Scowen
  • 20Matthews
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 25McFadzean
  • 31Stewart
  • 35Younger
Referee:
John Busby

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Sunderland 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Sunderland 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Accrington Stanley. Paul Smyth tries a through ball, but Dion Charles is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Max Power.

  6. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Russell (Accrington Stanley).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Callum McFadzean replaces Jake Vokins.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Chris Maguire replaces Charlie Wyke.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Sunderland 2. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Max Power with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Matt Butcher.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Grant Leadbitter replaces Lynden Gooch.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Carl Winchester (Sunderland).

  14. Post update

    Jonathan Russell (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Paul Smyth (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Jonathan Russell replaces Adam Phillips.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Matt Butcher replaces David Morgan.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull362151061293268
2Peterborough34205954312365
3Sunderland341712553262763
4Lincoln City351871053371661
5Doncaster33175115142956
6Charlton361510115248455
7Ipswich34166123835354
8Oxford Utd341581149391053
9Gillingham36165155147453
10Portsmouth341571249371252
11Fleetwood3613111241301150
12Blackpool32148103729850
13Accrington34148124643350
14MK Dons36139145251148
15Crewe35139134346-348
16Plymouth36129154558-1345
17Shrewsbury321012103637-142
18Burton34118154457-1341
19Bristol Rovers3597193656-2034
20Wigan3597193861-2334
21Northampton3589183152-2133
22Wimbledon34711163357-2432
23Rochdale35710184364-2131
24Swindon3594224165-2431
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