Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Sunderland 3.
A hat-trick from Charlie Wyke fired Sunderland to a convincing win over struggling AFC Wimbledon at Plough Lane.
The visitors went ahead within seven minutes when Elliot Embleton's ball over the top was just kept in play by Aiden O'Brien on the right and his cut-back fell to the feet of Wyke, who bundled the ball in from close range.
The game continued at the same fast pace, with tackles flying in from every angle and plenty of chances at both ends, but neither side could quite apply the finishing touch.
The hosts spent most of the second half on the front foot, with Nesta Guinness-Walker and Ethan Chislett both going close, and they were made to pay for their misses late on.
Wyke flicked home at the near post from Grant Leadbitter's corner in the 87th minute before grabbing his third in stoppage time, latching on to Josh Scowen's through ball before lifting the ball over the onrushing Sam Walker - who was making his league debut for the hosts - to seal the deal.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 19McLoughlinSubstituted forAlexanderat 83'minutes
- 29LongmanSubstituted forRobinsonat 84'minutes
- 12RudoniBooked at 27mins
- 11ChislettSubstituted forO'Neillat 83'minutes
- 17EmbletonSubstituted forWinchesterat 58'minutes
- 28McGeadySubstituted forDiamondat 73'minutes
- 10O'BrienSubstituted forMaguireat 81'minutes
- Antony Coggins
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Sunderland 3.
Goal! AFC Wimbledon 0, Sunderland 3. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Scowen with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Jack Diamond (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Wyke.
Jack Diamond (Sunderland) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Carl Winchester.
Attempt blocked. Jaakko Oksanen (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Max Power.
Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.
Goal! AFC Wimbledon 0, Sunderland 2. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nesta Guinness-Walker.
Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Zach Robinson replaces Ryan Longman.
Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Cheye Alexander replaces Shane McLoughlin.
Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Luke O'Neill replaces Ethan Chislett.
Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).
Shane McLoughlin (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Sunderland. Chris Maguire replaces Aiden O'Brien.
Callum McFadzean (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).
Carl Winchester (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ethan Chislett (AFC Wimbledon).
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