North East UK news Sunderland 2-0 Fleetwood match report MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Black Cats ended their Fleetwood Town hoodoo in style
Breaking News ! Sunderland notched their third league win in a row as they beat Fleetwood Town to move up to fifth place in the table. Second half goals from Aiden O’Brien and Max Power gave the Black Cats all three points at the Stadium of Light, with this win coming on the back of Saturday’s victory at Burton Albion and the home win against Doncaster the previous weekend. It is the first time this season that the Wearsiders have won three successive league games, with their last treble coming 12 months ago. With promotion rivals Lincoln, Hull, and Charlton all slipping up, Sunderland have also trimmed the gap between themselves and the automatic promotion spots to seven points. For their part, Fleetwood – under former Sunderland boss Simon Grayson – were poor, failing to muster a single shot either on or off target throughout the 90 minutes. Read More Related Articles Tom Flanagan and Ross Stewart back in training, confirms Sunderland boss Lee Johnson Read More Related Articles Sunderland revamp academy structure, confirming the arrival of a new head of coaching Lee Johnson made just one change to the side that started at Burton. Callum McFadzean missed the trip to the Pirelli Stadium with concussion, but he was passed fit to play tonight and he replaced on-loan Southampton man Jake Vokins in the left wing-back role. Grayson also made one change – in his case to the side that started Saturday’s draw against Charlton. Harvey Saunders replaced the goalscorer at Highbury Stadium, Paddy Madden. Fleetwood made a strong start and almost took the lead inside the first ten minutes when the ball was crossed into the box and Kyle Vassell volleyed it across goal, just too far in front of Saunders who would have had a simple header. Charlie Wyke of Sunderland goes up to head with the Fleetwood defence But Sunderland soon took charge and they dominated the majority of the first period, although they found it difficult to find a way through Fleetwood’s disciplined back line. Power resorted to trying his luck from 25 yards but his effort flew wide.
. Sunderland switched to a back four for the second half, having played 3-4-3 in the first, with Conor McLaughlin moving to right-back which freed Lynden Gooch to move further forward. McGeady sent a free-kick high and wide soon after the restart, while McLaughlin saw a volley saved by Cairns. McGeady then released Gooch with a clever pass into the left-hand channel, but Cairns was quickly out to dive at his feet and smother the shot. But there was nothing the keeper could do on 61 minutes as O’Brien gave the Black Cats the lead. Unsurprisingly, McGeady was the provider as he stood the ball up inside the box and O’Brien got in front of his man to nod down and into the bottom right-hand corner. Sub Jordan Jones saw a tame header saved by Cairns, and a few minutes later the young Rangers winger tried a shot but the keeper was against equal to it. Fleetwood had offered negligible attacking threat which meant they never looked like getting back into the game, but Sunderland made sure seven minutes from time.
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A sloppy backpass gave away a cheap corner and sub Chris Maguire’s precision set-piece found Power unmarked at the far post, and while Cairns got a touch to his header he could not prevent it finding the net. SUNDERLAND: Burge, McLaughlin, Sanderson, O’Nien, Gooch (Winchester 72), Leadbitter, Power, McFadzean, O’Brien (Maguire 79), Wyke, McGeady (Jones 68). Subs not used: Matthews, Diamond, Vokins, Younger BOOKED: Sanderson, McLaughlin FLEETWOOD TOWN: Cairns, Hill, Connolly, Holgate (S Morris 70), Donacien, Duffy (Biggins 58), Rossiter, Batty (Camps 79), Andrew, Saunders (Burns 58), Vassell. Subs not used: Coleman, J Morris, Rydel REFEREE: James Bell (South Yorkshire)
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