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Sunderland 1-0 Shrewsbury Town

Charlie Wyke's 14th goal of the season secured a long-awaited home win for Sunderland as they downed Shrewsbury 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Wyke, who hit a hat-trick at AFC Wimbledon last weekend, brilliantly headed Aiden McGeady's cross inside the far post in the 18th minute to secure the points.

It was the first time Sunderland have won on home turf in League One since November 3 and lifted them back into promotion contention.

Sunderland controlled much of the game against a Shrewsbury side that was playing in the league for the first time this year because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the camp, with manager Steve Cotterill in intensive care at hospital in Bristol at one point.

Harry Chapman, on loan from Blackburn, went close to levelling things up after a brilliant run towards the end of the first half that ended with his shot deflecting wide.

But Sunderland also had other chances during that period, including when Wyke missed the target after rounding goalkeeper Matija Sarkic.

After the restart Shrewsbury looked more dangerous without testing goalkeeper Lee Burge enough. The nearest they came to scoring was when Shaun Whalley fired over from distance.

Sunderland move up to seventh and Shrewsbury's unbeaten five-match run in the league came to an end.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Burge
  • 6Power
  • 4Willis
  • 5Wright
  • 25McFadzean
  • 14ScowenSubstituted forO'Nienat 88'minutes
  • 23LeadbitterBooked at 76mins
  • 21DiamondSubstituted forMaguireat 67'minutes
  • 28McGeadyBooked at 28minsSubstituted forWinchesterat 81'minutes
  • 9Wyke
  • 10O'Brien

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 13O'Nien
  • 16Sanderson
  • 17Embleton
  • 18Graham
  • 20Matthews
  • 26Winchester

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 31Sarkic
  • 29Pennington
  • 24Ebanks-Landell
  • 2PierreBooked at 74mins
  • 5WilliamsSubstituted forSearsat 66'minutes
  • 10VelaBooked at 90mins
  • 8Norburn
  • 17LoveSubstituted forUdohat 89'minutes
  • 32Chapman
  • 7Whalley
  • 11ClarkeSubstituted forGossat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Burgoyne
  • 3Golbourne
  • 4Edwards
  • 6Goss
  • 12Sears
  • 23Udoh
  • 35Cummings
Referee:
Samuel Barrott

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ryan Sears.

  4. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Shrewsbury Town).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  7. Booking

    Josh Vela (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Callum McFadzean (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Josh Vela (Shrewsbury Town).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Callum McFadzean (Sunderland).

  11. Post update

    Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Daniel Udoh replaces Donald Love.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sean Goss (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Luke O'Nien replaces Josh Scowen.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  16. Post update

    Callum McFadzean (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury Town).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Carl Winchester replaces Aiden McGeady.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Chapman (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sears.