Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Sunderland 2.
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.
- 2NottinghamBooked at 20mins
- 36PhillipsSubstituted forRussellat 79'minutes
- 37MorganSubstituted forButcherat 79'minutes
- 7SmythBooked at 53mins
- 30VokinsSubstituted forMcFadzeanat 88'minutes
- 11GoochBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLeadbitterat 85'minutes
- 28McGeadyBooked at 58minsSubstituted forScowenat 69'minutes
- 21DiamondSubstituted forStewartat 45'minutes
- 9WykeSubstituted forMaguireat 88'minutes
- John Busby
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Sunderland 2.
Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Offside, Accrington Stanley. Paul Smyth tries a through ball, but Dion Charles is caught offside.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Max Power.
Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Russell (Accrington Stanley).
Substitution, Sunderland. Callum McFadzean replaces Jake Vokins.
Substitution, Sunderland. Chris Maguire replaces Charlie Wyke.
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.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Matt Butcher.
Substitution, Sunderland. Grant Leadbitter replaces Lynden Gooch.
Foul by Carl Winchester (Sunderland).
Jonathan Russell (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).
Paul Smyth (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Jonathan Russell replaces Adam Phillips.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Matt Butcher replaces David Morgan.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.
Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.