Sky Bet League 1
Sunderland 4-2 Gillingham
Cattermole 4 Eaves 6
Flanagan 10 Hanlan 40
Grigg 66 pen
McGeady 77 pen
Sunderland picked up their first win in four games with a 4-2 victory over Gillingham last night.
Lee Cattermole gave the hosts an early lead that was cancelled out by Tom Eaves moments later.
Tom Flanagan restored Sunderland’s lead before Gillingham equalised through Brandon Hanlan.
Will Grigg and Aiden McGeady sealed the victory in the second half with goals from the spot.
Sunderland started the game really well and were ahead within four minutes when Cattermole buried the ball home at the far post on the end of a corner.
However, their lead lasted just two minutes when poor defending led to Eaves being one-on-one with Jon McLaughlin and the striker got round the keeper and put the ball into an empty net.
Four minutes later, the hosts were back in front when Tom Flanagan headed home at the far post on the end of Grant Leadbitter’s corner.
Chances were few and far between after that until in the 40th minute when Gillingham equalised through Hanlan. The goal came when a corner was poorly defended and the striker was on hand to fire home at the far post.
12 minutes into the second half, Leadbitter came close for Sunderland when his long range effort was pushed just wide.
The Black Cats were awarded a penalty nine minutes later when Luke O’Nien was brought down by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes in the box, and Grigg stepped up and buried it down the right-hand side.
In the 75th minute, Sunderland came close again when Lynden Gooch played through McGeady on the right and he cut in and his shot was saved by the legs of keeper Tomas Holy.
The hosts were awarded another penalty two minutes later when Regan Charles-Cook brought down O’Nien in the box, and McGeady stepped up and buried it down the bottom-right.
Sunderland nearly made it five in the 81st minute when George Honeyman’s shot was tipped over after good play by McGeady.
Seven minutes later, Gillingham’s Barry Fuller’s looping long range effort went just wide of the mark.
The result means Sunderland move up to third while Gillingham remain in 17th.
Sunderland: McLaughlin, O’Nien, Dunne, Flanagan, James, Cattermole (Power 89), Leadbitter (McGeouch 85), Maguire (Gooch 18), Honeyman, McGeady, Grigg.
Booked: Honeyman and Dunne.
Subs not used: Ruiter, Ozturk, Wyke and Morgan.
Gillingham: Holy, O’Neill, Ehmer, Ogilvie, Fuller, Byrne, Lopes (Charles-Cook 68), Oldaker (List 74), Burke (Parrett 90), Eaves, Hanlan.
Booked: Byrne, Lopes and Burke.
Subs not used: Reilly, Campbell, King and Hadler.