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Sunderland 1-1 Northampton Town

Sunderland will face Lincoln in the League One play-offs after finishing the regular season with a 1-1 draw against relegated Northampton.

The Black Cats, who finished fourth, came from behind to cancel out Sam Hoskins' 84th minute free-kick for the Cobblers by levelling three minutes later through midfielder Carl Winchester.

Now Sunderland know the Imps will travel to the Stadium of Light for the second leg of the semi-final on Saturday, May 22, for the right to head to Wembley after first meeting at Sincil Bank on Wednesday, May 19.

Sunderland struggled to find an extra gear against Northampton and chances were few and far between before half-time.

The nearest Sunderland came was when Cobblers goalkeeper Jon Mitchell tipped over Lynden Gooch's deep cross that threatened to drop under the bar.

Gooch went close again after the restart when Mitchell denied him from close range.

The best chance fell to Jordan Jones when he missed the target after lovely link-up play with substitute Aiden O'Brien.

But with six minutes remaining Northampton edged ahead when Hoskins' free-kick from 22 yards deflected off the wall and beyond Lee Burge.

The lead did not last long because Winchester was on hand from close range to level things up with his first for the club after Jones' curling effort hit both posts.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Burge
  • 2McLaughlinSubstituted forMaguireat 52'minutes
  • 5WrightBooked at 83mins
  • 13O'NienBooked at 59mins
  • 33Hume
  • 6PowerSubstituted forWinchesterat 66'minutes
  • 14ScowenSubstituted forLeadbitterat 66'minutes
  • 21DiamondSubstituted forMcGeadyat 45'minutes
  • 27Jones
  • 11Gooch
  • 9WykeSubstituted forO'Brienat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Maguire
  • 10O'Brien
  • 20Matthews
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 25McFadzean
  • 26Winchester
  • 28McGeady

Northampton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Mitchell
  • 7Hoskins
  • 6Horsfall
  • 28Jones
  • 2Harriman
  • 17McWilliams
  • 18Morris
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forRobertsat 87'minutes
  • 45MarshallSubstituted forCrossat 79'minutes
  • 29RoseSubstituted forAshley-Sealat 86'minutes
  • 14MillerBooked at 21minsSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bolger
  • 10Jones
  • 19Roberts
  • 22Ashley-Seal
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 34Cross
  • 36Woods
Referee:
Samuel Barrott

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Northampton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Northampton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Denver Hume (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

  6. Post update

    Caleb Chukwuemeka (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Carl Winchester (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Benny Ashley-Seal (Northampton Town).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 1, Northampton Town 1. Carl Winchester (Sunderland) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Morgan Roberts replaces Ryan Watson.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Benny Ashley-Seal replaces Danny Rose.

  12. Post update

    Denver Hume (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Liam Cross (Northampton Town).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 0, Northampton Town 1. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  15. Booking

    Bailey Wright (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Bailey Wright (Sunderland).

  17. Post update

    Caleb Chukwuemeka (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Liam Cross replaces Mark Marshall.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Jones (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aiden O'Brien.

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