Sunderland come from behind to beat Walsall

Sunderland 2-1 Walsall

Sky Bet League 1

Sunderland 2-1 Walsall

Cattermole 33   Gordon 4

Grigg 71

Sunderland came from behind to beat Walsall this afternoon in what was a dominant performance on the whole.

Josh Gordon put the visitors in front early on but the Saddlers were pegged back by goals from Lee Cattermole and Will Grigg.

Sunderland came into the game unbeaten in their last 18 games, sitting 3rd in League 1 while Walsall sat in 19th ahead of the game having won two of their last five games.

Walsall had the dream start to the game as just four minutes in they were in front. A free kick from the left took a touch off Gordon on its way into the bottom-right corner.

Ten minutes later, Sunderland had a goal ruled out for offside.

In the 21st minute, Jack Ross’ side came close when Aiden McGeady and Adam Matthews linked up well on the left before Lewis Morgan’s shot went just wide.

Moments later, Morgan had a powerful effort parried over by Walsall keeper Liam Roberts.

Sunderland equalised in the 33rd minute when Grant Leadbitter’s corner was poorly defended and Cattermole blasted it close range and it went in off the post beating the keeper.

Six minutes later, Grigg was picked out in space from a free kick and his shot was saved by the legs of Roberts.

Two minutes into the second half, Leadbitter fired just over the bar following a good pass by Luke O’Nien.

Five minutes later, McGeady had an effort on the edge of the box pushed just wide.

In the 71st minute, Sunderland took the lead when substitute Charlie Wyke latched onto a good ball and played through Grigg who cut in and buried it bottom-right with his left foot sending the crowd wild.

Walsall piled on the pressure towards the end with many men forward, but their only real chance came in added time when Gordon’s shot was blocked by O’Nien.

The result sees Sunderland just two points off an automatic promotion spot with a game in hand, while Walsall slip into the relegation zone.

Sunderland: McLaughlin, O’Nien, Baldwin, Flanagan, Matthews (Hume 67), Leadbitter, Cattermole (Gooch 62), McGeady, Power, Morgan (Wyke 71), Grigg.

Booked: Cattermole, Gooch and Leadbitter.

Subs not used: McGeouch, Ruiter, Sterling and Dunne.

Walsall: Roberts, Devlin, Scarr, Guthrie, Leahy, Kinsella, Dobson, Edwards (Oteh 88), Blackett-Taylor (Cook 73), Gordon, Ismail.

Booked: Guthrie and Gordon

Subs not used: Dunn, Fitzwater, Norman, Osbourne, Laird.

Attendance: 34,647


Preston get back to winning ways with 2-0 win over Championship strugglers Sunderland

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Sky Bet Championship

Sunderland 0-2 Preston North End

Maguire 50 Robinson 63

Play-off hopefuls Preston North End got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over strugglers Sunderland in the Championship, who are now nine games without a win.

In-form Sean Maguire scored his fifth goal in five games early in the first half, and Callum Robinson got the winner thirteen minutes later.

Sunderland made three changes to their side with Lee Camp coming in for suspended keeper Jason Steele, and Jake Clarke-Salter and Josh Maja came in for Jonny Williams and Ashley Fletcher.

Preston also made three changes with keeper Chris Maxwell, Josh Earl and Paul Gallagher coming in for Declan Rudd, Greg Cunningham and Daniel Johnson.

It was an uneventful start to the game, and the first real chance came 16 minutes in when Joel Asoro was one-on-one but his weak effort was saved by Maxwell.

Up the other end just moments later, Tom Barkhuizen found himself one-on-one with Camp but the keeper just beat him to it and cleared away.

North End came close just four minutes from half time when Paul Huntington headed just over on the end of Gallagher’s corner.

The visitors made a great start to the second half and came very close three minutes in when Earl put in a good ball to Robinson but the winger’s effort went just wide.

Two minutes later, Preston took the lead when Maguire met a brilliant free kick into the box with a diving header that beat Camp in the Sunderland goal.

Maguire almost had a second moments later when he rounded keeper Camp but his effort was cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.

Sunderland were reduced to ten men in the 60th minute when Clarke-Salter was sent off for his second bookable defence just weeks after being sent off against Middlesbrough.

Preston doubled their lead three minutes later when Robinson headed home from close range on the end of Barkhuizen’s excellent cross.

Alex Neil’s side made it look easy after that, after many Sunderland fans left the ground in disgust, and the game almost looked like a pre-season friendly.

Sunderland did come close in the 76th minute when substitute Kazenga LuaLua’s free kick was tipped over by Maxwell.

North End almost got a third in the 89th minute when substitute Daniel Johnson rounded Camp but his effort was cleared off the line by Oviedo.

The result means Sunderland remain bottom of the Championship five points below the drop zone while Preston move up to 8th just two points off the play-offs.

Sunderland: Camp, Matthews, Clarke-Salter, O’Shea (c), Kone, Oviedo, Cattermole, Ejaria (McNair 76), Honeyman (LuaLua 69), Asoro, Maja (Fletcher 64).

Booked and sent off: Clarke-Salter

Subs not used: Stryjek, McManaman, McGeady, Robson.

Preston North End: Maxwell, Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Earl, Gallagher (Johnson 72), Pearson, Barkhuizen (Bodin 86), Browne, Robinson (Harrop 86), Maguire.

Booked: Earl

Subs not used: Hudson, Clarke, Woods, Moult.

Attendance: 28,543

Newcastle United beat Sunderland on penalties to reach Premier League International Cup semi-fiinals

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Premier League International Cup Quarter Final

Sunderland U23s 2-2 (10-11 pens) Newcastle United U23s

Gooch 38 pen, 67       Good 28 Roberts 90+1

Newcastle United U23s beat Sunderland U23s 11-10 on penalties to progress to the semi-final of the Premier League International Cup.

The game finished 2-2 after extra time.

The visitors took the lead through Curtis Good, before Lynden Gooch equalised from the spot in the 38th minute.

Gooch put the hosts in front midway through the second half before a Callum Roberts free kick took the game to extra time in added time.

Jake Hackett missed the final penalty to send Sunderland rivals home victorious.

It was the first time the two second-string sides had met since 2014, in which the Mackems won 2-0. The winner will play FC Porto B in the semi-final.

Sunderland looked the better side early in the first half, and came close eight minutes in when Gooch made a good run into the box but his shot was cleared off the line by Josef Yarney.

However, Newcastle took the lead against the run of play in the 28th minute when Good headed home on the end of Callum Roberts’ free kick.

The hosts got themselves a penalty ten minutes later after Gooch was brought down by Mackenzie Heaney in the box, and the forward stepped up and buried it in the bottom-right corner to equalise.

Sunderland came close on the brink of half time when Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka made a good run and his shot on the edge of the box was tipped over by the keeper after coming off a defender.

Newcastle came close to taking the lead ten minutes into the second half when Luke Charman found himself through on goal but his shot was well blocked by Joshua Robson who tracked back.

The Mackems got the winning goal in the 67th minute when Gooch met Connor Shields’ excellent cross from the left and fired home from close range to get his second of the night.

Victor Fernandez thought he had an equaliser for the Toon eight minutes later but it was ruled out offside.

Newcastle later equalised in the first minute of added time when Roberts curled the ball into the top-left corner from a free kick to take the game to extra time.

Two minutes into extra time, the visitors got themselves a penalty when Alex Storey brought down Fernandez in the box. Roberts took the penalty and it was well saved by Max Stryjek to the right.

Newcastle came incredibly close in the 112th minute when Owen Gallacher’s powerful shot hit the post with a deflection on the way in and Curtis Good also hit the post soon after.

After a spirited extra time, the game went to penalties and Newcastle won 11-10 to set up a semi-final tie with FC Porto B.

After the keepers both scored penalties, Sunderland’s Jake Hackett missed the final penalty.

Sunderland: Stryjek, Robson, Taylor (Storey 45), Galloway, Hume, Molyneux, Embleton, Hackett, Mbunga-Kimpioka, Gooch (Gamble 84), Shields (Diamond 68).

Booked: Gooch

Subs not used: Talbot, Connelly, Kokolo, Mumba

Newcastle United: Woolston, Spooner (Elmhanni 82), Yarney, Good, Newberry, Hunter, Sangare, Roberts (Smith 104), Heaney (Gallacher 72), Fernandez, Charman.

Booked: Roberts

Subs not used: O’Connor, Huuhtanen, Kitchen, Bartlett.


Sunderland sack Grayson after thrilling 3-3 draw

Sunderland v Bolton

Sky Bet Championship 

Sunderland 3-3 Bolton Wanderers

Grabban 45, 57 McNair 79  Ameobi 32  Madine 60 Henry 67

Sunderland have this evening sacked manager Simon Grayson just 20 minutes after the conclusion of an entertaining six-goal thriller against fellow-strugglers Bolton Wanderers.

Sammy Ameobi took the lead for Bolton initially, but Sunderland fought back with two goals from Lewis Grabban either side of half-time.

The hosts’ lead didn’t last long though as Gary Madine and Karl Henry found the net to regain the lead for the visitors.

Paddy McNair rescued an equaliser for the Mackems but they couldn’t go on to get a winner, and as a result Grayson has been dismissed following a poor start to the season.

Sunderland controlled the game for much of the first half, but Bolton were first to take the lead.

Sammy Ameobi was given acres of space by the Sunderland midfield and he finished coolly with a well-driven shot around 25 yards out to reach the bottom-left corner in the 32nd minute.

Home fans began to sing chants such as “Grayson out” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” but the hosts gave themselves a lifeline when Lewis Grabban equalised on the brink of half-time.

The experienced forward beat full-back Mark Little and put the ball past keeper Ben Alnwick one-on-one in the 45th minute.

Grabban scored again just 12 minutes into the second half.

Aidan McGeady worked well on the left and gave the ball to Bryan Oviedo on the overlap, and the full-back gifted the ball to Grabban who netted coolly from close range.

Sunderland’s lead only lasted three minutes as awful defending meant that Gary Madine was able to put the ball away from close range with ease for the visitors.

Seven minutes later, Sunderland were back to square one as Karl Henry put Bolton back in front.

Didier N’Dong made a poor back pass to the keeper, and Adam Armstrong picked up on the loose ball and crossed it in-towards the former Wolves man who smashed it into the bottom-left corner.

Midfielder Paddy McNair came off the bench and rescued a point for Sunderland in the 80th minute.

The former Manchester United man fired the ball into the bottom-corner on the edge of the box as the ball fell to him – scoring his first professional league goal.

The result means Sunderland move up to 22nd in the Championship table, whilst Bolton Wanderers remain bottom.

Sunderland: Ruiter, Matthews, O’Shea (c), Wilson, Oviedo, Gibson (McNair 75), N’Dong, McManaman (Watmore 61), Williams (Vaughan 45), McGeady, Grabban.

Booked: Grabban

Subs not used: Steele, Cattermole, Kone, Honeyman.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Little, Wheater, Beevers, Robinson, Pratley, Henry, Ameobi, Vela, Armstrong (Noone 84), Madine.

Subs not used: Howard, Le Fondre, Buckley, Noone, Cullen, Derik, Darby.

Attendance: 26,395

Seaham knocked out of Durham Challenge Cup at hands of Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA 3-2 Seaham Red Star

O’Neill 45,50 Charlton 66  Scott 60 Davis 86 pen

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Chris McCabe praised his side following a 3-2 defeat to Sunderland RCA in the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round at Meadow Park last night.

Nathan O’Neill scored a brace for the hosts whilst Michael Charlton was the other man to score.

Seaham forwards Thomas Scott and Ash Davis were both on the score-sheet but they ended up on the wrong side of an entertaining game.

“It was a proper cup match, with two good sides going at it,” McCabe told SportsByte.

“I’m just a bit disappointed that we couldn’t nick one at the end and take it to penalties.”

The game in the first-half was very end to end.

Stephen Callen had the first chance of the game for the hosts four minutes in.

Seaham defended poorly in this instance, and Callen’s free shot went just wide of the mark.

Chris McCabe’s side came close in the 12th minute following a well-worked corner.

Lee Hetherington put in a good ball that was nodded on by Robbie Bird but it was headed away by a Sunderland RCA defender.

RCA came very close four minutes from half-time when Adam McGuinness’ excellent free kick forced an impressive save from Harkess and then O’Neill’s rebound was cleared off the line.

The hosts took the lead on the brink of half-time when Nathan O’Neill headed home on the end of a brilliant corner from Jonathan Davis.

It only took O’Neill five minutes after the restart to add a second goal.

Colin Larking did excellently on the right to get past Staunch, and he put the ball in-towards O’Neill who finished coolly at the far post.

Adam McGuinness almost scored in the 54th minute when he produced a powerful strike, only for it to hit the crossbar.

Seaham were back in the game when Thomas Scott headed home on the end of a brilliant long-ball from Bramley.

RCA then extended their lead again seven minutes later when Michael Charlton scored the rebound after Harkess could only parry Luke Page’s effort.

The visitors then had a penalty four minutes from time when Robbie Bird was brought down in the box.

Ash Davis stepped up and placed the ball in the bottom-left corner to beat the keeper – this was too little too late for Seaham.

Sunderland RCA therefore progress to the next round of the Challenge Cup, and the two sides face each other again on Saturday 4 November at the Ferguson Motors Repair Stadium.

Sunderland RCA: Finch, Noble, McGuinness, Hodgson, McNab (Ashton 81), Charlton, Davis, Page (Elliott 67), Callen, Larkin, O’Neill (Richardson 78).

Booked: Page

Subs not used: Patton and Cassidy.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Scorer (Galbraith 84), Staunch, Price, Hetherington (Bailey 42), Bramley, Hodgson, Bird(c), Davis, Scott.

Booked: Scott

Subs not used: McBryde, Wilkinson and Parkshaw.

The full interview with Chris McCabe can be found here