Match ends, Sunderland 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.
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
- 14ScowenSubstituted forO'Nienat 88'minutes
- 23LeadbitterBooked at 76mins
- 21DiamondSubstituted forMaguireat 67'minutes
- 28McGeadyBooked at 28minsSubstituted forWinchesterat 81'minutes
- 2PierreBooked at 74mins
- 5WilliamsSubstituted forSearsat 66'minutes
- 10VelaBooked at 90mins
- 17LoveSubstituted forUdohat 89'minutes
- 11ClarkeSubstituted forGossat 78'minutes
- Samuel Barrott
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ryan Sears.
Chris Maguire (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Shrewsbury Town).
Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Josh Vela (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Callum McFadzean (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Vela (Shrewsbury Town).
Foul by Callum McFadzean (Sunderland).
Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Daniel Udoh replaces Donald Love.
Attempt blocked. Sean Goss (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Sunderland. Luke O'Nien replaces Josh Scowen.
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.
Callum McFadzean (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury Town).
Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Scowen.
Substitution, Sunderland. Carl Winchester replaces Aiden McGeady.
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.