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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Sunderland

Aiden O'Brien grabbed a first-half winner as Sunderland maintained their push for automatic promotion with victory at relegation-threatened Bristol Rovers.

The visitors scored the goal that mattered on 39 minutes when Rovers allowed O'Brien space to run onto an Aiden McGeady corner from the right and net with a volley from 10 yards.

It meant a happy return to Bristol for Black Cats head coach Lee Johnson following his years as head coach across town at Ashton Gate.

The first half saw McGeady chip over and Lynden Gooch have a shot saved by Rovers keeper Anssi Jaakkola, while at the other end Jonah Ayunga and Zain Walker shot narrowly wide.

The visitors might have increased their lead after the break as O'Brien shot over, Jaakkola twice saved well from Charlie Wyke and McGeady hit a post with a free-kick.

But at the end Lee Burge had to save well from Rovers substitute David Tutonda as the desperate home side pushed for a valuable equaliser.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 43Williams
  • 15KilgourSubstituted forBaldwinat 81'minutes
  • 4Grant
  • 3LeahyBooked at 36mins
  • 37Martinez
  • 8WestbrookeSubstituted forOztumerat 71'minutes
  • 14McCormick
  • 28WalkerSubstituted forBarrettat 76'minutes
  • 21AyungaSubstituted forTutondaat 76'minutes
  • 9Hanlan

Substitutes

  • 13Day
  • 17Daly
  • 22Hare
  • 24Tutonda
  • 26Baldwin
  • 39Barrett
  • 41Oztumer

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Burge
  • 6Power
  • 16SandersonBooked at 53mins
  • 13O'NienBooked at 85mins
  • 25McFadzean
  • 14ScowenBooked at 50mins
  • 26Winchester
  • 11GoochSubstituted forLeadbitterat 66'minutes
  • 28McGeady
  • 10O'BrienSubstituted forStewartat 66'minutes
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 20Matthews
  • 21Diamond
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 24Neil
  • 31Stewart
  • 35Younger
Referee:
Ollie Yates

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home19
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Sunderland 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Sunderland 1.

  3. Post update

    Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Barrett following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Sunderland).

  7. Post update

    Erhun Oztumer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jack Baldwin (Bristol Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Wyke.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross Stewart.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Baldwin (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Tutonda with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lee Burge.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Tutonda (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Leahy with a headed pass.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Tutonda.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Erhun Oztumer (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Barrett.

  18. Booking

    Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

  20. Post update

    Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull382171063313270
2Peterborough372161065372869
3Sunderland361813555272867
4Lincoln City371881155401562
5Portsmouth361771253391458
6Blackpool351691044321257
7Doncaster35176125345857
8Oxford Utd37168135143856
9Charlton371511115450456
10Gillingham38167155450455
11Ipswich36167133937255
12MK Dons38159145552354
13Accrington36158134951-253
14Crewe36149134446-251
15Fleetwood371311134132950
16Plymouth381310154960-1149
17Shrewsbury351113114041-146
18Burton36118174661-1541
19Swindon37114224465-2137
20Northampton3899203254-2236
21Wimbledon36812163659-2336
22Wigan3798203964-2535
23Bristol Rovers3897223660-2434
24Rochdale36711184667-2132
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