Sunderland 3-1 Birmingham – Match Report

Wayne Rooney suffers another defeat, as Sunderland earn a well deserved victory to potentially move into the play-off places.

As it stands, Sunderland move up to 6th, and Birmingham stay in 16th, before the 3pm kick-offs.

Nazariy Rusyn was extremely unlucky early on, as his powerful shot hit the inside if the post and stayed out.

Moments later, Sunderland did take the lead through former Blues man, Jobe, who was able to force it in following a Rusyn flick on from a corner.

Jobe almost scored an almost identical goal, but his effort came off the podt and into the hands of John Ruddy.

Despite Sunderland’s strong start, they became slightly sloppy, and Birmingham started to create some chances.

Niall Huggins was in the right place at the right time, as he was able to clear the ball off the line from Jay Stanfields effort.

But, minutes later Koji Myoshi punished a mistake from Pierre Ekwah in the middle of the park to make it 1-1.

The Black Cats dominated proceedings in the second-half, and they took the lead again just 12 minutes into the half, after Roberts put in a deep ball, and Trai Hume headed it back in towards Triantis and former Sunderland man, Dion Sanderson could do nothing but put it in his own net.

Eliezer Mayenda made his debut in the final 20 minutes, and he made a big difference, using his power and pave, he caused the Birmingham back line a ton of problems.

Adil Aouchiche also made an appearence in the 70th minute, and he wad able to score his first goal for the club to tie up all 3 points.

Jack Clarke, who caused Birmingham so many issues throughout, ran to the bi-line and cut the ball back, giving Aouchiche a tap-in.

Birmingham did put some presdure on Sumderland in the final few minutes, but Anthony Patterson made a number of smart saves to make sure Sunderland secured all 3 points.

MOTM – Jack Clarke